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Blandford Forum in Dorset County, England, United Kingdom
 

The Trafalgar Way

 

—Blandford Forum —

 
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By Michael Herrick, August 2, 2018
1. The Trafalgar Way Marker
Inscription.
The Trafalgar Way
Blandford Forum - 12th 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 12th such change was made at Blandford Forum in the middle of the day on 5th November at a cost of two pounds ten shillings and sixpence.

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 Blandford Forum Town Council on 25th August 2005
to inaugurate The Trafalgar Way from Falmouth
The Trafalgar Way Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 2, 2018
2. The Trafalgar Way Marker
to London
and
to honor the men of Blandford Forum and North Dorset who fought for their country at Trafalgar.

 
Erected 2005.
 
Location. 50° 51.35′ N, 2° 9.935′ W. Marker is in Blandford Forum, England, in Dorset County. Marker is at the intersection of West Street and Market Place, on the right when traveling north on West Street. Touch for map. Located in the entrance to the Greyhound House Yard,next to the Greyhound House pub. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 Market Place, Blandford Forum, England DT11 7EB, United Kingdom.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 19 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Blandford Forum War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); 1731 Fire (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Jack Counter VC (about 90 meters away); The Bastards’ House (about 90 meters away); The Battle of Blandford (about 120 meters away); Fox Inn (approx. 12.2 kilometers away); Dewlish War Memorial (approx. 13.6 kilometers away); Centurion Mark 12 (approx. 18.6 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Blandford Forum.
 
Also see . . .  The Trafalgar Way on Wikipedia. (Submitted on August 20, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Military
 
 
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 52 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 20, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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