Anglesea Road, BR5

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Named in honour of Henry Paget, 1st Marquess of Anglesey, hero of the Battle of Waterloo fought in 1815 against the French. Anglesey, also titled the Earl of Uxbridge, was the cavalry commander in the battle who had no less than eight horses killed under him. Riding next to Wellington as cannon shots hurtled across the battlefield, he turned to the Iron Duke and uttered the brilliant conversation-starter: “By God, Sir, I’ve lost my leg.” To which Wellington replied, with equal restraint: “By God, Sir, so you have.


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