Talk: Ealing and the Napoleonic Wars

Posted on: 2nd June 2015

Battle of Waterloo pictureWaterloo was the decisive final battle of the Napoleonic Wars, a final gambit of allied coalition forces - primarily British and Prussian - led by the Duke of Wellington attempting to stop the larger French forces led by the Emperor Napoleon from conquering and subjugating mainland Europe.  

To mark the 200th anniversary of this battle, Ealing Libraries Local History department is holding a talk examining the impact of the Napoleonic Wars on our local communities and their contribution towards the allied war effort.

Notable highlights include:

  • Raising armed associations to deal with potential invasions
  • Criticism of the financial burdens of war
  • Local personalities – Spencer Perceval, General Dumouriez and Dr Hume

Dr Jonathan Oates picturePresented by Ealing Libraries Historian and author Dr Jonathan Oates – writer of many history books such as “Sweet William or the Butcher: The Duke of Cumberland and the '45” and “Attack on London: Disaster, Rebellion, Riot, Terror and War”, join us on the evening of Thursday 11th June (lecture starts at 6.15pm) at Ealing Central Library (tickets cost £3 members/ £5 non-members) for a talk about a history-defining battle.

Further information regarding how the Local History Centre can help you with your local/ family-tree research, listings of local history books available to buy and planned future talks can be found on their information page.