Above: The whole memorial on Waterloo Station.
Its rather like a piece of information that nobody explains but everybody seems to know – Waterloo Station was named after the Battle of Waterloo. In fact its a little more complicated than that. A new bridge was opened over the Thames shortly after the Battle of Waterloo and although it was to have been called ‘Strand Bridge’ the name was changed and it was opened under the name of ‘Waterloo Bridge’. As a result, the area near the bridge (at the southern end) was called Waterloo and that led to the naming of the station terminus. What is strange is that there is no plaque on the station commemorating the Battle of Waterloo – until now.
The memorial was devised and designed by SE1-based artist Jason Brooks – who also led the Dog & Pot project – and it was funded by the London Mint Office. The centrepiece of the memorial is a bronze replica of the Waterloo campaign medal depicting Nike, the Greek Goddess of Victory.
Above: Detail of the bronze replica of the Waterloo Campaign Medal, given to all soldiers who took part in the battle, which is at the centre of the memorial. To make it easier to see, the original photograph has been enhanced.
The Waterloo Memorial is on part of the wall beside the new balcony above the concourse of Waterloo Station. The unveiling of the memorial took place on 10 June 2015 as part a series of Waterloo 200 events taking place in the Waterloo locality. The memorial was unveiled by the ninth Duke of Wellington.
WAC Gallery in Baylis Road has hosted an exhibition about the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, where copies of a specially produced local history leaflet by Stephen Humphrey were on sale.
It would seem a very fitting place to have a memorial since the station still bears the name of that famous battle. The station name is known across most of the world.