Kilmington in Devon County, England, United Kingdom
The Trafalgar Way
The first official despatches with the momentous news of the victory, and the death in action of Vice Admiral Lord Nelson, were carried to England on board H. M. Schooner PICKLE by her captain Lieutenant John Richards Lapenotiere.
Lapenotiere landed at Falmouth on Monday 4 November 1805 and set out “express by post chaise” for London, following what is now The Trafalgar Way. He took some 37 hours to cover the 271 mile journey, changing horses 21 times, one of these being early on 5th November at Honiton. His orders were to lose no time in reaching the Admiralty so, as the horses were not yet spent, he sped on through Kilmington towards Axminster.
Over the following four weeks other important messages arrived from the fleet with further details of the victory and anxiously awaited information on casualties. All the dispatches were landed at Falmouth and their couriers took the same route through Kilmington, where fresh horses and hospitality were available from the inns to all travelers on
to inaugurate The Trafalgar Way from Falmouth to London
to honor the men of Kilmington who fought for their country at Trafalgar.
Location. 50° 46.649′ N, 3° 1.92′ W. Marker is in Kilmington, England, in Devon County. Marker is on The Green 0.2 kilometers north of The Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located on Kilmington Village Hall. Marker is in this post office area: Kilmington, England EX13 7RF, United Kingdom.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kilmington War Memorial (approx. half a kilometer away); Axminster War Memorial (approx. 2.4 kilometers away); Jubilee of Queen Victoria (approx. 2.4 kilometers away); The Old Carpet Factory (approx. 2.4 kilometers away); Abbeyfield (approx. 2.4 kilometers away); Law Chambers (approx. 2.4 kilometers away); Cattle Market (approx. 2.4 kilometers away); a different marker also named The Trafalgar Way (approx. 2.4 kilometers away).
Also see . . . The Trafalgar Way on Wikipedia. (Submitted on August 20, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 21, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 20, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 20, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.