The Trafalgar Way - Devon Remembers the Battle of Trafalgar

During the third week of August 2005 the Trafalgar Way was officially inaugurated in Devon to commemorate the bi-centenary of the Battle of Trafalgar.

The Lorna Doone, an original North Devon stagecoach visited inns and hostels along the full length of what is now know as the Trafalgar Way in Devon.

During this time an actor playing the part of Lieutenant John Richard Lapenotiere delivered a New Trafalgar Dispatch. Each town in Devon that he passed through has unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion.

Lapenotiere, captain of HMS Pickle, travelled by post chaise, the equivalent of a taxi 200 years ago and the fastest means of public transport available at the time.

It took about six weeks from 21st October 1805 for the full news of the victory and the death of Admiral Horatio Nelson to filter through to London and the people of England.

Nelson and his fleet defeated the combined armies of France and Spain off the Spanish coast near Cape Trafalgar. Amongst the men in the English fleet were 1,115 men from Devon, more than from any other county.

Lapenotiere was the first messenger to reach Falmouth with the news. He passed quickly through Cornwall and entered Devon at Lifton. Pausing only to change horses at Okehampton, Crockernwell, Exeter, Honiton and Axminster he travelled on to London.

Each messenger who followed had more details of the Battle of Trafalgar in the dispatches they carried. Following in the steps of Lieutenant Lapenotiere hundreds of horses were used to carry the news.

Trewman's Exeter Flying Post, the local newspaper, contains full details of the contents of the dispatches as they became available. Microfilm copies are available at the Devon Record Office or online at their website.

This article may be freely reproduced with the following resource box and must include a live link:

Lesley Pinkett lives and works in East Devon and is the owner of which is packed with information about this beautiful corner of England.

In The News:

Harvard Gazette

Prospects for digital humanities
Harvard Gazette
The concept of digital humanities is about bringing as much life to the study of human culture as there is culture of humanity itself. Through sound, images, video, and the immense body of data collected every day describing the footprint of life ...

The Guardian (blog)

Want to be taken seriously as scholar in the humanities? Publish a monograph
The Guardian (blog)
A decade ago, in my first year as lecturer in a humanities department, an eminent professor helped me secure a book contract with a top university press for my recently completed doctoral thesis. Another senior colleague stopped me in the corridor ...

McCrory jabs humanities, UNC faculty jab back
The Daily Tar Heel
Pat McCrory might want to exclude the humanities and social sciences from his latest jobs initiative — but UNC faculty say these fields are more crucial than McCrory thinks. During a meeting in Charlotte Thursday, McCrory touted his new “1,000 in 100” ...

UA News

Former NEH Chair Kicks Off New Hidden Humanities Lecture Series at UA
UA News
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Dr. William Ferris, professor of history and senior associate director of the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will present “Standing at the Crossroads: The Humanities ...

Boston Globe

Catherine Stratton, 100; promoted art, humanities at MIT
Boston Globe
In the decades that followed, her husband, Julius Stratton, was named MIT's 11th president and Mrs. Stratton became a leading force for the humanities, bringing art onto the campus, launching a lecture series, and holding court each week at her ...

Humanities Departments Are Largely Spared the Ax
New York Times
WASHINGTON — For humanities departments in the United States that are still struggling with the lingering effects of the 2008 recession, no news may be the best news. Despite continuing debates about the decline of the humanities, a report last Monday ...

University at Buffalo The Spectrum

Buffalo Humanities Festival debuts in Buffalo
University at Buffalo The Spectrum
The first annual Buffalo Humanities Festival will take place at Albright-Knox Art Gallery on Sept. 26-27. Gary Shteyngart, author of New York Times-bestseller Little Failure, will do a reading and book signing at 8 p.m. on the opening day. Courtesy of ...

Wilson to receive highest honor from the N.C. Humanities Council
Winston-Salem Journal
Ed Wilson, a provost emeritus of Wake Forest University, will receive the highest honor from the N.C. Humanities Council during a ceremony Oct. 30 in the Byrum Welcome Center on the WFU campus. Wilson, a WFU professor emeritus of English, will receive ...

and more »

Cornell Chronicle

Philip Lewis on how to bring humanities to the public
Cornell Chronicle
“When the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation restored its practice of making grants to humanities centers in 2010, after having allowed it to lapse for several years, it did so with an explicit shift of emphasis away from bolstering interdisciplinary studies ...

and more »

Making the Humanities Relevant
Huffington Post
Adolescents are a skeptical lot. Anything and everything is fair game to them, and woe betide what is found wanting. Criticism comes easily to these professional critics who are taking the world's measure and finding themselves. Yet, high schools waste ...

Google News

What To Expect From A Feng Shui Consultation

If you are wishing to harmonize or balance your house... Read More

Mexican Living: Issues of Life

This morning when I got out of bed, I had... Read More

When We Was Kids In Chicago

Radio was the big communicator, back when I was a... Read More

Native American Indian Art Wood Carvings of the Pacific Northwest

Native American Indian art in the American southwest is dominated... Read More

The Origin of Americas Corporate Elite (BC)

Ephesus had a shrine to the Anatolian mother-goddess and the... Read More

From Dynasty to Destiny: Ten Celebrated Inventions of Ancient China

In the last two centuries, new cultural discoveries have nearly... Read More

Understanding Astrological Predictions

Opinions about astrological prediction are generally divided: "Mysterious! Magical!", say... Read More

Opal Jewelry -- Your Own Personal Piece of Rainbow

Opal is a magnificent gemstone whose shades encompass virtually every... Read More

Tarot Cards Demystified: The Suit of Cups

There are many ways to interpret the symbolism found in... Read More

Mars, the Mighty and Marvelous

Martius, the month of March, is named after him. So... Read More

Synchronized Swimming, Dolphin Cognition and Visualization

As humans become more technologically advanced and are able to... Read More

Conspiracies: The Pyramid and the Sphinx

Egypt has long been the source of countless conspiracies, ranging... Read More

Feng Shui Monsters Under Your Bed

Good feng shui often requires making wise decisions based on... Read More

Eminem Slimshady

Firstly revealed by the fable Dr.Dre, and then debut of... Read More


GRIGORY EFIMOVICH NOVYKH (RASPUTIN):'Hail, Hail, Ras-putin'. This man's story has... Read More

Astrology Signs and Planets Reveal Who You Are

But people are starting to take a new look at... Read More

Authenticity Of Vastu (Science of Indian architecture)

Vastu is one of the most ancient sciences of Indian... Read More

Humans are not special, hate to break it to you

I hate to break it to you, but humans are... Read More

Cant Afford Illness in America

I had become too sick to live in America.Even with... Read More

A Hidden Oriental Jewel: 100% Chinese Hand-Made Silk Embroidery

IntroductionDo you know what "silk embroidery is? Do you know... Read More

10 Feng Shui Tips for a Better Life

Ever walked into a house that felt like home? Ever... Read More

Progress Versus Perfection

From the creative explosion marking the outset of the universe... Read More

Christopher Columbus

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: - It seems a mystery to most academics... Read More

Sun Tzu: The Art of War

The Art of War is an ancient Chinese text on... Read More

Cosmic Cow

The cow is a mother to mankind whom we should... Read More