30. The Duke of Wellington in Hampshire 1817-1852

30. The Duke of Wellington in Hampshire 1817-1852
Hampshire Papers 30: The Duke of Wellington in Hampshire 1817-1852
by R. E. Foster

This paper explores the first Duke of Wellington's role in Hampshire life between 1817, when he acquired his Hampshire estate of Stratfield Saye, until his death in 1852. It outlines the development of his estate, and his patronage of local events including hunting, but focuses mainly on his work as Lord Lieutenant, a post he held from 1820 until 1852. The agricultural labourers' disturbances of 1830 posed a direct challenge to the forces of law and order of which the Duke was head.

Once this was overcome, he played a part in reviewing the county's apparatus for maintaining law and order, including establishing a professional police force in 1839 and bolstering the magistracy, the main linchpin of authority as he saw it. The paper also describes the Duke's excursions into Hampshire politics and demonstrates that although Hampshire affairs were rarely at the top of Wellington's agenda, they deserve more recognition than his biographers have traditionally allowed.

Physical description 295mm x 210mm; softback; 20 pages.
Published in 2010 by Hampshire County Council.
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