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3 July 2010

See Wellington's Wellingtons

In a display case in the basement of his former home, Apsley House, at Hyde Park Corner, is a pair of the Duke of Wellington's famous boots.

Wikipedia tells us that the Leather Hessian boots were popularised by Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, and subsequently became fashionable amongst 19th century British aristocracy.

To see the boots, you have to pay for entry to Apsley House, which is open Wednesday - Sunday, 11am - 5pm and costs £6. For more see, http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/apsley-house/

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