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The Trafalgar Way Blandford Forum - 12th 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 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 on the 271 mile journey, changing horses 21 times. The 12th such change was made at Blandford Forum in the middle of the day on 5th November at a cost of two pounds ten shillings and sixpence. Lapenotiere delivered his dispatches to the Admiralty at 1a.m 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 nation. Erected by Blandford Forum Town Council on 25th August 2005 to inaugurate The Trafalgar Way from Falmouth to London and to honour the men of Blandford Forum and North Dorset who fought for their country at Trafalgar.

, Blandford Forum, United Kingdom

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Eastway House built c.1735 by John Ayliffe infamous local estate agent, fraudster and forger

East Street, Blandford Forum, United Kingdom

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The Town Hall and the Shambles completed in 1734 by local architects/builders, John and William Bastard

Market Place, Blandford Forum, United Kingdom

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The Bastards' House Rebuilt by John and William Bastard in 1732 for their occupation

Market Place, Blandford Forum, United Kingdom

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Durden's Corner Henry Durden, Grocer created Blandford's first museum above this shop 1807 - 1892

Market Place, Blandford Forum, United Kingdom

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Greyhound Inn A coaching inn rebuild after the Great Fire by the Bastard family.

West Street, Blandford Forum, United Kingdom

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Artisan House An elevation of mathematical tiles intended to appear as brickwork.

East Street, Blandford Forum, United Kingdom

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The Old Rectory

The Old Rectory, Sheep Market Hill, Blandford Forum, United Kingdom

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Crown Hotel This hotel stands on the site of the 15th Century Crown Inn.

Crown Hotel, West Street, Blandford Forum, United Kingdom

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Old Bank House the Free Grammar School of Borough of Blandford (1563-1841)

Church Lane, Blandford Forum, United Kingdom

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Lime Tree House built by the Bastard Brothers in 1760 for their five sisters

Lime Tree House, The Plocks, Blandford Forum, United Kingdom

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The Old House shows German influence, built 1650-70, survived the Great Fire.

14 The Close, Blandford Forum, United Kingdom