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Wellingtons headquarters Freineda

Postby OXFORDMON » November 24th, 2011, 7:22 pm

Exterior and interior of Wellingtons headquarters during 1811 - 1812 & 1812 - 1813 at Freinada, Portugal. Taken in Oct 2011.

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Re: Wellingtons headquarters Freineda

Postby Mark » November 24th, 2011, 7:46 pm

Amazing photos, Andy! Is this building now a public museum or privately owned?

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Re: Wellingtons headquarters Freineda

Postby OXFORDMON » November 24th, 2011, 7:53 pm

Hi Mark, strangely this a private buiding, and has always been locked on my previous visits, however the local chap who lives in part of the building opened it up for us on the day, RESULT!, there are a few Wellington related pictures etc in there, but who collected them or wether there is a plan to open the building as a museum, i have no idea.

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Re: Wellingtons headquarters Freineda

Postby Mark » November 24th, 2011, 7:58 pm

A result indeed! :D I was in Bath a couple of weeks ago and stood outside Nelson's old residence. What struck me about this is the lack of acknowledgement of this building in the official Bath tourist related web sites and literature. However, I am guessing it is still privately owned which might exaplain this. I wonder how many tourists come visiting Wellington's old headquarters in Freinada? I might be one of them in the future maybe?! :lol:

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Re: Wellingtons headquarters Freineda

Postby OXFORDMON » November 24th, 2011, 8:05 pm

I think Freineda is well visited, a bit off the beaton track though, a recent statue of the Duke was unveiled outside, well i say statue, it looks more like a reject from Lego land to me! (sorry whoever 'sculpted' it).

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Re: Wellingtons headquarters Freineda

Postby Mark » November 24th, 2011, 8:06 pm

OXFORDMON wrote:I think Freineda is well visited, a bit off the beaton track though, a recent statue of the Duke was unveiled outside, well i say statue, it looks more like a reject from Lego land to me! (sorry whoever 'sculpted' it).

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Any photos of the statue?

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Re: Wellingtons headquarters Freineda

Postby FBC-Elvas, Portugal » December 22nd, 2011, 1:14 pm

I didn't take a new picture of Freineda on our last visit specifically because of that statue!
Here's the entire front of the HQ, a close up of the plaque on the wall and a pre-statue photo of the house and church.
I presume the altar in Andy's photo is in that church.
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Re: Wellingtons headquarters Freineda

Postby FBC-Elvas, Portugal » December 22nd, 2011, 4:04 pm

Mark, here is a photo of the Freineda HQ with the new statue. Compliments of Nick Lipscombe of Peninsular War 200.

Does it add to or subtract from??
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Re: Wellingtons headquarters Freineda

Postby OXFORDMON » December 22nd, 2011, 4:27 pm

FBC-Elvas, Portugal wrote: I presume the altar in Andy's photo is in that church.


Hi Sarah

The alter is actually inside the red door on the right of the main building, most likely contemporary with Wellingtons day but i'm not 100% sure about that.

I still don't like that statue though! :?

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Re: Wellingtons headquarters Freineda

Postby FBC-Elvas, Portugal » December 22nd, 2011, 4:34 pm

Thanks Andy for identifying where the altar is.

We don't know anyone who likes that statue and hoped it was temporary.

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