Category 4 penny post

The man who created Britain’s postal system

During 1979 the British Post Office Philatelic Bureau published 8 new stamps. That issued on this day – 22nd August 1979 – told the story of Sir Rowland Hill, a man that they described as ‘Reformer Extraordinary’. Roland Hill was born in 1795.  By 1836, already a famous educational reformer, he had turned his remarkable […]

A Snippet from 6th May 2017 ref this day in 1840!

It was on Wednesday 6th May 1840 that Great Britain issued the world’s first adhesive postage stamp, resulting from reforms by Rowland Hill to simplify and reduce postage costs. It was called ‘The Penny Black’ and the design showed Queen Victoria, without a country name.  It laid the foundations for British stamps. Just in case […]

Saint Andrew; the Channel Tunnel and the rebuilding of St Paul’s; Octavia Hill; the Observer and the Dandy; Victorian Postal changes and, to close, Boy Bishops

30th November is Saint Andrew’s Day – the patron saint of Scotland. Andrew and the brother Simon Peter were two of the original 12 apostles of Christ. Very little is known about Andrew’s life. He is said to have travelled to Greece to preach Christianity, and that he was crucified at Patras on an X-shaped […]