Notes from the Past

Dockwra's London Penny Post

In 1680 William Dockwra, a merchant, set up as a private venture a postal service covering London and its suburbs.  It was the first post to use postmarks indication that postage had been prepaid.  With its cheap, flat rates of postage and frequent deliveries it was a remarkable precursor of the postal systems of today.  In 1682, when the service was becoming a commercial success, an action was brought against the proprietor for infringing the postal monopoly of the state.  As a result the service was taken over by the Government.  The early triangular 'Penny Post Paid' markings used by Dockwra's post and its state-operated successor are keenly sought by post history enthusiasts.
 
 
 
- R. J. Sutton 6th edition revised by K. W. Anthony
The Stamp Collector's Encyclopaedia
Published 1966
 Posted January 19, 2000 

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