Liverpool, The Waterloo Column And Commutation Row 1895

Liverpool, The Waterloo Column And Commutation Row 1895

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The Waterloo Column, Liverpool's version of Nelson's Column in London, dominates this photograph. On it stands Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, British general, statesman and Prime Minister. He is commemorated here as the victorious leader of the British forces in the Peninsular War 1808-14, which was caused by Napoleon's invasion of Portugal and Spain. The war finally ended in 1814 with Napoleon's abdication. Wellington's final victory against Napoleon was at Waterloo in 1815. The column stands 132ft high, and the Duke's statue is a further 15ft. It is said that the statue was forged using the metal from cannon captured at the battle of Waterloo. To the right of the column in the background is Commutation Row, which was built and named to celebrate the repeal of the window tax. Sad to say, it is now all cleared away for a modern building.

This is an excerpt from Liverpool and Merseyside Photographic Memories, by Cliff Hayes

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