“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Axminster in Devon County, England, United Kingdom

The Trafalgar Way


—Axminster —

The Trafalgar Way Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 3, 2018
1. The Trafalgar Way Marker
The Trafalgar Way
Axminster - 9th Post-Horse Change
On Monday, 21st October 1805 the Royal Navy decisively defeated the Combined Fleet of France and Spain off Cape Trafalgar south of Cadiz. This victory permanently removed the threat of invasion of England by the armies of Napoleon Bonaparte.

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. The 9th such change was made at Axminster early on 5th November at a cost of one pound eleven shillings and sevenpence.

Lapenotiere delivered his dispatches to the Admiralty at 1 a.m. on Wednesday 6th November. The news was passed to the Prime Minister and the King at once and special editions of newspapers were published later the same day to inform the nation.

Erected by Axminster Town Council on 19th August 2005
to inaugurate The Trafalgar Way from Falmouth to London
to honor the
The Trafalgar Way Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 3, 2018
2. The Trafalgar Way Marker
men of Axminster who fought for their country at Trafalgar.

Erected 2005.
Location. 50° 46.948′ N, 2° 59.893′ W. Marker is in Axminster, England, in Devon County. Marker is at the intersection of Victoria Place and West Street, on the right when traveling west on Victoria Place. Touch for map. Located on the Trinity House. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Victoria Place, Axminster, England EX13 5NQ, United Kingdom.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jubilee of Queen Victoria (within shouting distance of this marker); Axminster War Memorial (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Old Carpet Factory (about 120 meters away); Abbeyfield (about 120 meters away); Law Chambers (about 120 meters away); Rose Cottage (about 120 meters away); Cattle Market (about 210 meters away); a different marker also named The Trafalgar Way (approx. 2.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Axminster.
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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 43 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 20, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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