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The "Iron Dukes" steps

The "Iron Duke", Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, National Hero, Soldier, Politician and Prime Minister, what a guy!


Its only fitting that he should have something named after him. I can just see these steps, Imposing wrought iron, sweeping and majestic, befitting a great British hero. Oh no, I was mistaken, these are a set of old curbstones just outside the Athenaeum Club in Waterloo Place.

They were placed there at the Duke's request in 1830 to help him get on and off his horse each time he visited the club.

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