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The Trafalgar Way - W8 The Trafalgar Way - W8

Credit for this entry to:
Alan Patient of

Plaque: The Trafalgar Way - W8

Erection date: 8/9/2005


The Trafalgar Way
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. He took some 37 hours to cover the 271 mile journey, changing horses 21 times, one of these being very late on 5th November at Hounslow. His orders were to lose no time in reaching the Admiralty so, as the horses were not yet spent, he made what speed he could through Kensington in a dense fog towards his final destination.
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 Kensington, where horses and hospitality were available from the inns to all travellers on what is now The Trafalgar Way.
Erected by the Council of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on 8th September 2005 to inaugurate The Trafalgar Way from Falmouth to London and to honour the men of Kensington and Chelsea who fought for their country at Trafalgar.

{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: The Trafalgar Way - W8 (1 memorial)

W8, Kensington High Street, Entrance to Holland Park

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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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Napoleon Bonaparte

Military and political leader. Born at Ajaccio, Corsica. He trained as an off...

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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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Horatio, Lord Nelson

Born in Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk. Naval commander who became a national hero a...

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Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

The borough was formed in 1965 by the merging of the separate former boroughs...

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