The biography pages provide information on the key figures involved with the development of the Post Office and connected with Bath. Ralph Allen (pictured), John Palmer & Thomas Moore Musgrave

  • Ralph Allen

    Ralph Allen was baptised in Cornwall in 1693, and at the age of 14 became a clerk at the Post Office at St. Colomb Major, Cornwall.

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    John Palmer

    Born in Bath, Palmer was the only son of a rich tradesman, who was also a partner in the Orchard Street Theatre. He finished his education at Marlborough college and, defying advice, became involved in his father's theatre.

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    Thomas Moore Musgrave

    The Thomas Moore Musgrave who became the Postmaster of Bath was an extraordinarily capable man. He became famous, as Postmaster of Bath, for the mailing of the “2nd May” Penny Black from the Bath post office – the FIRST stamp in the World.