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General Post Office

Building  From 23/9/1829  To 1910

Categories: Commerce

The General Post Office moved from Bishopsgate Street to a building in Abchurch Lane in 1678 and remained there until the opening of this building in St. Martins-le-Grand in 1829, designed by Robert Smirke. Here Trollope began work as a junior clerk and here Rowland Hill transformed the Post Office into an efficient, greatly-loved institution. Raikes had the General Post Office North built in the 1890s and the magnificent Smirke building was demolished in 1910. All that remains is an Ionic capital outside the Vestry House Museum in Walthamstow.

The National Telephone Company, created in 1881 out of a number of small local telephone companies, was taken over by the GPO in 1912.

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General Post Office capital

185cm high x 160cm wide x 160cm deep and over 5 tons.

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General Post Office plaque

The General Post Office moved from Bishopsgate Street to a building on this s...

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GPO architectural sculpture

This relief is a sculpture salvaged from the building that used to occupy thi...

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General Post Office

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Michael Faraday - N7 - plaque

This plaque was first erected in the Sandemanian Chapel, at the same time, 19...

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