Henry Bishop Portrait 1660 – 1663

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A few weeks after King Charles II returned to England (the Restoration of the Monarchy). Henry Bishop offered to pay £21,500 per annum for the ‘farm’ of the Post Office and became Postmaster-General.

Within months of his appointment he was receiving complaints of letters being delayed in the post and as a consequence introduced dated postmarks to be hand struck on letters arriving in London, including those in transit to elsewhere

So called ‘Bishop Marks’ do not show the year. The earliest known use is on a letter arriving in April 1661.