The Post-Chaise in Gangbridge Lane, St Mary Bourne
29 Aug 2005
The Post-Chaise on a dry run in St Mary Bourne
The Post-Chaise on a dry run in St Mary Bourne
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George and Aurelia Young in the Post-Chaise
George and Aurelia Young in the Post-Chaise
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On Thursday, Andover will commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar by re-enacting the journey that brought the news from Falmouth to the Admiralty in London.
A post-chaise, which is a faithful representation of the one used in 1805, is following the same route and arriving at the Guild Hall in Andover at 6pm. The Mayor Test Valley, Cllr Peter Boulton, will greet the messenger and there will be two hours of celebrations, including a re-enactment of a Press Gang.
In 1805, Lieutenant John Richards Lapotiere was given the task of taking the news of Trafalgar back home. He sailed in a schooner - HMS Pickle - from Cape Trafalgar to Falmouth. He took 37 hours to make the journey on land non-stop, changing horses many times. The cost was £46.
"The post-chaise and the riders are staying in Binley with Elizabeth Maclay, who persuaded them to ride to St Mary Bourne on the Bank Holiday. We rode in it for part of the way. If you have the time, it is an agreeable way to travel. Quiet and pollution free, and you can enjoy the scenery."
 
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