Why Wellesley?

Many of you will have read about the major regeneration project getting underway on former MoD land north of Aldershot. Did you also know that the project’s rather unexciting name, the Aldershot Urban Extension or AUE, has been dropped in favour of ‘Wellesley’, a name chosen to reflect the area’s history?

So why Wellesley? It’s named after Arthur Wellesley, better known as the 1st Duke of Wellington. He of Battle of Waterloo fame, the Iron Duke himself. A leading military figure with a string of victories to his name, he also served as Prime Minister and was Commander in Chief of the British Army. An appropriate choice then for Aldershot, Home of the British Army.

A colossal statue of Arthur Wellesley, mounted on his faithful charger Copenhagen, stands on Round Hill in Aldershot, just off the A325 Farnborough Road. Appropriately, the statue stands in an area being managed by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership to provide natural greenspace for the new Wellesley development.

Casual Assistant Ranger Sarah

Portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1814

Portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1814

Wellington Monument (Colin Smith)

Wellington Monument (Colin Smith)

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About blackwatervalleycountryside

The Blackwater Valley is located on the borders of Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire and runs for approximately 30km from the source near Aldershot, northwards to Swallowfield. At its confluence it joins the rivers Whitewater and Loddon. The Loddon eventually flows into the River Thames near Reading. Work in the Blackwater Valley is co-ordinated by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership on behalf of the local authorities that border the Valley. Despite being surrounded by urban development the Valley provides an important green corridor for local residents As well as the Blackwater Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a small part of the Basingstoke Canal SSSI, three nature reserves within the Valley catchment and many other areas have been recognised for their ecological importance. The local planning authorities covering the Valley have designated 31 other areas as ‘Wildlife Sites’.
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