I did not know this but apparently, the British name battles after the location of their commander's HQ, as the Swedes do as well. (This is the only time I will make a Eurovision Song Contest quip....I promise.)
18th June, the anniversary of the battle and the re-enactors are having a fine time in the fields around Hougoumont.
This first set of photos are from the French position near La Belle Alliance (which is now a night club), along the line and then towards the British and their allies, you can see the Lion Mound in the distance.
Then we marched round to Hougoumont - well, we got on the coach and were driven round.
|Gardener's cottage with South gate|
|Guards Memorial Plaque|
|Inside the chapel|
|Towards the North gate.|
|Gardener's cottage from inside the courtyard.|
|The large barn now used to show a very good short film.|
|The new gate and (much lower) wall.|
|The end of the barn and the Monument|
|External of the Gardener's cottage.|
|Copied from the Hougoumont Guide booklet|
|Next stop was La Haye Sainte farm|
|This is still a working farm so no admittance.|