Battlefield Trip to ‘Napoleon’s Waterloo’
2015 marks the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and to commemorate this very special anniversary, the St Catherine’s Association organised a trip to the battlefields of Waterloo. Thirty -seven Association members (comprising current and former parents, governors, staff, alumnae and friends) left St Catherine’s at 7.00am on Saturday 19th September and travelled to Waterloo in Belgium.
Despite few people knowing each other prior to setting off, there was a friendly and comradely atmosphere all weekend with lots of laughter, despite the sombre subject of our visit.
This year we were delighted to have the tour led by Graeme Cooper, one of the country’s leading experts on Waterloo, who has led parties to the battlefields for over 20 years. Throughout the weekend Graeme acted as an encyclopaedia of information, answering all our questions on the battle as well as the events leading up to it. On the first day we went up the Lion Mound to get an overview of the battlefield before walking around it the following day to get the soldiers viewpoint.
Many sites were visited over the course of the weekend including the new Visitor Centre and Panorama at the Lion Mound, which boasted a wonderful 3D film of the battle and the largest mural in Europe depicting the battle. Also on the itinerary were Wellington’s Crossroads, Picton’s Lane, the Royal Chapel, Wellington’s Headquarters and Hougoumont Farm and Chapel, the ground Wellington deemed most important.