Concept    From 19/4/1661 

First postmarks in the world

Categories: Commerce

Inked date stamps were at first called 'Bishops marks' after their inventor, Henry Bishop, Postmaster General, 1660-1663.  The post office was receiving complaints about late arrival of the post.  Bishop claimed: 'a stamp is invented, that is putt upon every letter shewing the day of the moneth that every letter comes to this office, so that no letter Carryer may dare to detayne a letter from post to post; which, before, was usual.' As we now know, this did not actually solve the problem, just provided more evidence that the problem existed.

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First postmarks in the world

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General Letter Office

Near this spot the General Letter Office stood in Post House Yard, 1653 - 166...

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Corporation of the City of London

Corporation of the City of London

The municipal governing body of the City of London. Officially the 'Mayor and Commonalty and Citizens of the City of London'. In 2006 the name was changed from just 'Corporation of London' to disti...

Group, Commerce, Politics & Administration

181 memorials
Sir John Lubbock

Sir John Lubbock

Banker, politician and scientific writer. Born at 29 Eaton Place. He went into his father's banking business at the age of 14 and became a partner in 1856. Entered parliament in 1870, and succeeded...

Person, Commerce, Politics & Administration, Science

1 memorial
Denis Johnson

Denis Johnson

In 1819, made and sold Britain's first bicycle in its hobby-horse form. As a coachmaker Johnson was able to make significant improvements to the two-wheel velocipede, as invented by von Drais. He o...

Person, Commerce, Engineering

1 memorial
First Waitrose

First Waitrose

See Waitrose for some information.

Event, Commerce

1 memorial
Lord Overstone, Samuel Jones Loyd

Lord Overstone, Samuel Jones Loyd

Wealthy banker. One of the Commissioners for the Great Exhibition, 1851. Banker. Born 43 Lothbury, London. Died at home, 2 Carlton Gardens.

Person, Commerce, Politics & Administration

1 memorial