The Trafalgar Way-Fraddon

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The Blue Anchor Inn

Chapel Road




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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Metal Metal (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • Revolutionary/Napoleonic (1792-1815)
About the memorial: Geographical Marker:: A rectangular plaque , the longer axis vertical , coated in dark blue enamel with the lettering in white .A border of rope round the outside edge . At top left an outline depiction of a small sailing ship and at top right a four wheeled carriage , the horses not shown . Then the main body of the commemoration below which is an outline map of southern England with the route from Falmouth to London marked with a red line and the names of the way stations shown in capital letters . At the base below the map is the last part of the commemoration . This was the second change of horses.
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THE/TRAFALGAR WAY /FRADDON- 2ND POST HORSE CHANGE/On Monday 21st October 1805 the Royal Navy decisively defeated a combined /French and Spanish fleet off Cape Trafalgar on the south coast of Spain/The 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/The 2nd such change was made at The Blue Anchor that afternoon/at a cost of two pounds seventeen shillings//Lapentoiere delivered his dispatches to the Admiralty at 1 am 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 public/Erected by Restormel Borough Council on 5th August 2005/to inaugurate the Trafalgar Way from Falmouth to London/and /to honour the men of Cornwall /who fought for their country at Trafalgar/ (the names of the way stations on the map are as follows FALMOUTH TRURO , FRADDON , BODMIN, LAUNCESTON , OKEHAMPTON , EXETER , CROCKERWELL .HONITON , AXMINSTER , BRIDPORT , DORCHESTER , BLANDFORD FORUM , WOODYATES , SALISBURY , ANDOVER , OVERTON , BASINGSTOKE , HARTFORDBRIDGE , BAGSHOT , STAINES , HOUNSLOW , LONDON , ADMIRALTY)

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