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