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Sir Rowland Hill

Person   Born 3/12/1795 Died 27/8/1879

Initiator of the uniform Penny Post in 1840. Due to him Britain was the first country to use adhesive stamps and thus we do not have to put the name of our country on them. This is analogous to the United States not using the suffix '.us' in domain names. Conceived the idea of a post code - see Diamond Geezer for a good post (ha ha) on this topic.  Before his interventions the cost of postage depended on the distance and was met by the recipient. Once the recipient did not have to pay the postie no interaction was required and the concept of the letter-box was born.  Was a little obsessed with the delivery of letters to the extent that when he met Garibaldi at a banquet in 1864 all he could think to talk about was the Italian postal service.  He did not suggest renaming the organisation 'Consignia'.  Born Kidderminster.  Died at home at Bertram House, Hampstead, which (along with Miss Crump's Hereford House) we think is now the Royal Free Hospital and Rowland Hill Street.

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Sir Rowland Hill

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50941

Rowland Hill - NW3

Rowland Hill, KCB, originator of the Penny Post. Lived here. 1849 - 1879. Bor...

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45746

Rowland Hill statue

{On the front of the red granite plinth:} Rowland Hill He founded uniform p...

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44497

Rowland Hill - WC1

Erected by Camden London Borough Council Rowland Hill, 1795 - 1879, wrote the...

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