Rowland Hill

(1795 to 1879), a versatile man who developed education for the emerging middle classes, reformed and improved railway services, but possibly most significantly devised the reliable, prepaid, penny postal services which for many years was the predominant means of communication – adopted throughout the world. He is celebrated with a statue in King Edward Street, EC1 and in many other countries and with a blue plaque at 1 Orme Street.