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 http://www.east-devon-guide.com/ which is packed with information about this beautiful corner of England.

In The News:


Profs Argue for Integration of Sciences, Humanities
Harvard Crimson
Psychology professor Steven A. Pinker and Philosophy professor Susanna Siegel argued that an integration of the humanities and sciences would enrich and bring new insights to both disciplines in a discussion Thursday afternoon. The conversation, which ...


Arts and humanities funding program to continue
Indiana Daily Student
P.Q. Phan, Jacobs School of Music associate professor of music composition, composed an opera based on Vietnamese folktale, drawing national attention to the opera, the Jacobs School of Music and IU. The New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities ...


New IU degree integrates humanities with science
The Herald-Times (subscription)
When you think “sustainability,” you might not think “interior design.” But Indiana University junior Yasmina Wery has been taught in her interior designer courses how to work with renewable materials and utilize energy sources to make buildings as ...


Digital humanities go vogue
Yale Daily News (blog)
As digitization of library holdings becomes increasingly in vogue, advancements have been made at Yale in analytical research tools for these digital archives. This fall, Librarian for Digital Humanities Research Peter Leonard and Public Services ...


Faculty members receive 100K digital humanities grant
The Concordian
Concordia College has received a $100,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation that focuses on digital humanities. The Mellon Foundation encouraged Concordia College to apply for the grant, aware of Concordia's hopes to expand their digital humanities.


Positive reports for humanities earnings, art school job prospects
Inside Higher Ed
Two reports on outcomes for humanities majors could serve to reinforce two disparate beliefs about the field: one where they are seen as a viable path to a successful career, and another where they are seen as a track to a low income and few job prospects.


Backup singer Darlene Love gets her spotlight
Chicago Tribune
Darlene Love performs during the Chicago Humanities Festival at Francis W. Parker School in Chicago. Darlene Love performs during the Chicago Humanities Festival at Francis W. Parker School in Chicago. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune).

and more »

Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription)

To Save the Humanities, Change the Narrative
Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription)
However, these data seem to have little effect on the humanities' detractors, and the narrative that they weave about the demise and irrelevance of the humanities can seem impervious to empirical reality. Unfortunately, false crisis narratives have ...


ARTS AND HUMANITIES: Aiken Symphony guild hosts first concert of the season
Aiken Standard
ARTS AND HUMANITIES: Aiken Symphony guild hosts first concert of the season. Oct 30 2014 6:21 pm. Submitted photo Shizuo Kuwahara, Symphony Orchestra Augusta artistic director, is pictured. Next weekend is the opening concert of the Symphony ...


Women and minority inclusion: What the sciences can learn from the humanities
University of Pittsburgh The Pitt News
In a decade of declining enrollments in humanities classes with a limited attention to public discourse, the question of how the humanities can learn from the sciences has taken on a particular pertinence. It may be a bold claim, then, to assert that ...

Google News

Hello I Must Be Going: The Vanishing Twin

They walk among us. By the mid nineties, science had... Read More

Nessie, the Beast of the Loch

They were fierce hill tribes in what is now Scotland,... Read More

My Introduction To Northwest Coast Native American Art

I had lived in Vancouver very briefly as a child... Read More

She Wrote the Book on Fakin It

She brought the guitar into vogue. She created the first... Read More

Marcus Garvey: A Symbol for Black Nationalism

My first kid's father named my son Marcus after legendary... Read More

A Brief Biography of Rene Boissevain the Agate Adventurer and Creator of The Crystal Caves Museum

In 1964 myself (Ren), Nelleke my wife, and our daughter... Read More

Garnet is Januarys Birthstone

If you're still young enough to remember your birthday, you... Read More

Painting Philosophy of Peruvian Artist

LifeI paint with an emphasis on expressing LIFE (the spirit... Read More

Synchronized Swimming, Dolphin Cognition and Visualization

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

Merton Abbey Mills Developments

For those who don't know, Merton Abbey Mills is an... Read More

A Short Biography on Some of Europes Most Loved and Hated Monarchs - Pt 4 Queen Mary I

Queen Mary I of England was born in 1516 to... Read More

The Masked Fool

The FoolMy first direct experience of the fool in masking... Read More

The Different Styles of Inuit Sculptures

At first, all Inuit soapstone sculptures from the Arctic may... Read More

The Sixties

A decade that stands out above the rest of our... Read More

Fictions Galore

FABULOUS: - Many 'fabulous' personages and concepts are created by... Read More

Troubadours

CHRETIEN DE TROYES:Academics will freely admit that this man was... Read More

The Trafalgar Way - Devon Remembers the Battle of Trafalgar

During the third week of August 2005 the Trafalgar Way... Read More

The Wandle Trail - Announced Regeneration Project

The River Wandle is sourced from the North Downs above... Read More

Feng Shui Horoscopes

A great tool to help you find out more about... Read More

Tsunami Aftermath

On December 26, 2004 a massive tsunami swept through Thailand... Read More

A Short Biography on Some of Europes Most Loved and Hated Monarchs - Pt 1 Vlad Tepes (Dracula)

Vlad Tepes or Dracula was born in 1431, in the... Read More

Old Russian Symbolics on a White and Blue Porcelain

Russian porcelain is widely known and is often used as... Read More

Zorro

ZORRO:Timon of Athens. But most often they wrote in code... Read More

Is America Still Racist?

This is one entry in my Heroes and Villains Volume... Read More

Dreaming of Love and Peace

She dreams of touring Europe and the US to sing... Read More