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The Trafalgar Way - Admiralty Old Admiralty Building

Plaque: The Trafalgar Way - Admiralty

Erection date: 9/9/2005


The Trafalgar Way
Destination - The Admiralty
On Monday 21st October 1805 the Royal Navy decisively defeated a combined French and Spanish fleet off Cape Trafalgar on the south west coast of Spain. This victory permanently removed the threat of invasion of England by the armies of Napoleon Bonaparte.

The first official dispatches 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 4th 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, at a total cost of £46 19s 1d.

Lapenotiere delivered his dispatches here to the Secretary of the Admiralty, William Marsden, at 1 a.m. on Wednesday 6th. Shortly thereafter a summary of the news was posted here and a crowd soon gathered. 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 the Admiralty Board of the Defence Council on 9th September 2005 to mark the inauguration of The Trafalgar Way from Falmouth to London and to honour the 18,425 men who fought at Trafalgar for the Freedom and Independence of this nation.

{At the top the plaque depicts a sailing ship and a carriage. Lower down is a map showing the route of The Trafalgar Way.}

Site: Old Admiralty Building (2 memorials)

SW1, Whitehall, Old Admiralty Building

The plaques are on the southern end wall of the colonnade. From their position and style, including the rope borders, these two plaques were probably erected together.

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Battle of Trafalgar

A sea battle that took place off Cape Trafalgar on the south west coast of Sp...

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King George III

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Lieutenant John Richards Lapenotiere

Born in 1770 in Ilfracombe, Devon, to a Huguenot family. As a Lieutenant in ...

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William Marsden, Secretary of the Admiralty

As secretary of the Admiralty in November 1805 it was Marsden who was the fir...

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Old Admiralty Building

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