In 1815 two men faced-off in a muddy field in Belgium. Wellington, with his British and Allied army, and Napoleon with his French Imperial Guard. One decisive battle could end twenty years of bloody conflict on the continent. It was a showdown between two of history’s military giants. They were the same age, formidable strategists, with a string of victories behind them. By 18 June, the outcome hung in the balance and the victor would determine the fate of Europe. Wellington was victorious, he had halted Napoleon’s relentless march towards European domination and secured Britain's role as a key player in Europe. Wellington was a hero: he secured a peace deal with France and became prime minister in 1828.
To mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo an historic trail was compiled for visitors to the house. Sir Charles Bagot married Lady Mary Wellesley, neice of the Duke of Wellington, and it is through this connection that so many fascinating artefacts have been handed down through the family.