Walmer Castle. November 5, 1852.
Memorial souvenir of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769 – 1852); one sheet folded so 4to (265 x 215mm, 10½ x 8½"). Rare, illustrated letterpress verses with sepia-tinted lithograph of Walmer Castle to upper leaf. Some faint staining.
Wellington died, aged 83, of the after effects of a stroke culminating in a series of epileptic seizures, on 14 September 1852, at Walmer Castle - his honorary residence as Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports on the east Kent coast. Walmer Castle was built by Henry VIII in 1539–1540 as an artillery fortress to counter the threat of invasion from Catholic France and Spain. It was part of his programme to create a chain of coastal defences along England's coast known as the Device Forts or as Henrician Castles. The castle is now owned and managed by English Heritage.
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