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Kilmington in Devon, England, United Kingdom — Northwestern Europe (the British Isles)
 

The Trafalgar Way

— Kilmington —

 
 
The Trafalgar Way Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Herrick, August 3, 2018
1. The Trafalgar Way Marker
Inscription.  
The Trafalgar Way
Kilmington
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, 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
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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 what is now The Trafalgar Way.

Erected by Kilmington Parish Council on 19th August 2005
to inaugurate The Trafalgar Way from Falmouth to London
and
to honor the men of Kilmington who fought for their country at Trafalgar.

 
Erected 2005.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Military. In addition, it is included in the Trafalgar Way series list.
 
Location. 50° 46.649′ N, 3° 1.92′ W. Marker is in Kilmington, England, in Devon. Marker is on The Green, 0.2 kilometers north of The Street, on the right when traveling north. Located on Kilmington Village Hall. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kilmington, England EX13 7RF, United Kingdom. Touch for directions.
 
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); Abbeyfield (approx. 2.4 kilometers away); The Old Carpet Factory
The Trafalgar Way Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Herrick, August 3, 2018
2. The Trafalgar Way Marker
(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.)
 
The Trafalgar Way Marker on Kilmington Village Hall image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Herrick, August 3, 2018
3. The Trafalgar Way Marker on Kilmington Village Hall
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 20, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 120 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 20, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.

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