Apsley House in Bath was built as the country
home for The Duke of Wellington, after his
against Napoleon in
the Battle of Waterloo.
The rumour is that it
was built asa place where
he could keep his mistress
of that time, as he was
estranged from his wife years earlier.
The history behind the hotel is evident wherever you look,from the original oven downstairs to the
Duke’s own master
bedroom on the
popularised by Arthur Wellesley,
1st Duke of Wellington.
The Duke of Wellington instructed his shoemaker, Hoby of St. James’s
Street, London, to modify the 18th-century Hessian boot.
The resulting new boot was
fabricated in soft calfskin leather, had the trim removed and was cut to fit more closely around the leg.
It was suitably hard-wearing for riding, yet smart enough for