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Acts of Parliament relating to the Post Office:
King George IV 1820-30

In the listing below, hyperlinks, where given, are to the copy of the text on this site (if there is one yet). If the link has a after it, only the relevant part(s) of the Act are quoted. For an explanation of the referencing conventions for Acts as used below see this short guide.


(24th July 1820)Postage Act 1820

1 Geo 4 c.89
An Act for imposing additional Rates and Duties on the Conveyance of Letters between Port Patrick in Scotland and Donaghadee in Ireland.

(28th May 1821)Conway Bridge Act 1821

1 & 2 Geo 4 c.35
An Act for applying a certain Sum of Money out of the Consolidated Fund of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, for the Purpose of building a Bridge over the River Conway, in the County of Carnarvon, and for imposing additional Rates of Postage on Letters and Packets conveyed over the said Bridge.

(5th August 1822)Postage Act 1822

3 Geo 4 c.105
An Act for granting Rates of Postage for the Conveyance of Letters and Packets between the Port of Liverpool in the County of Lancaster and the Isle of Man.

(6th August 1822)Turnpike Roads Act 1822

3 Geo 4 c.126
An Act to amend the General Laws now in being for regulating Turnpike Roads in that Part of Great Britain called England.

(4th July 1823)Turnpike Roads (Scotland) Act 1823

4 Geo 4 c.49
An Act for regulating Turnpike Roads in that Part of Great Britain called Scotland.

(18th July 1823)East India Company's Service Act 1823

4 Geo 4 c.81
An Act to consolidate and amend the Laws for punishing Mutiny and Desertion of Officers and Soldiers in the Service of the East India Company, and to authorize Soldiers and Sailors in the East Indies to send and receive Letters at a reduced Rate of Postage.

(19th July 1823)Turnpike Roads Act 1823

4 Geo 4 c.95
An Act to explain and amend an Act passed in the Third Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, to amend the General Laws now in being for regulating Turnpike Roads in that Part of Great Britain called England.

(5th March 1824)Post Office Buildings Act 1824

5 Geo 4 c.5
An Act for enabling a Conveyance to be made of Part of a House in Lombard Street, vested in the Right Honourable Henry Frederick Lord Carteret formerly His Majesty's Postmaster General.

(16th March 1824)Postage Act 1824

5 Geo 4 c.10
An Act for granting to His Majesty Rates of Postage on the Conveyance of Letters and Packets to and from Buenos Ayres, or any other Port or Ports on the Continent of South America.

(12th April 1824)Conveyance by Post of Bank Notes, etc. Act 1824

5 Geo 4 c.20
An Act to regulate The Conveyance of Packets containing re-issuable Country Bank Notes by the Post, and to charge Rates of Postage thereon; to prevent Letters and Packets being sent otherwise than by the Post; to punish Persons embezzling printed Proceedings in Parliament, or Newspapers; and to allow the President of the Commissioners of Revenue Enquiry to send and receive Letters and Packets free from the Duty of Postage

(21st June 1824)Gaols, etc. (England) Act 1824

5 Geo 4 c.85
An Act for amending an Act of the last Session of Parliament, relating to the building, repairing, and enlarging of certain Gaols and Houses of Correction; and for procuring Information as to the State of all other Gaols and Houses of Correction in England and Wales.

(10th June 1825)Postage Act 1825 (c.28)

6 Geo 4 c.28
An Act for granting Rates of Postage for the Conveyance of Letters and Packets between Great Britain and Ireland by way of Liverpool.

(22nd June 1825)Postage Act 1825 (c.44)

6 Geo 4 c.44
An Act for granting to His Majesty Rates of Postage on the Conveyance of Letters and Packets to and from Columbia and Mexico.

(22nd June 1825)Postage Act 1825 (c.68)

6 Geo 4 c.68
An Act to regulate the Conveyance of printed Votes and Proceedings in Parliament, and printed Newspapers, by Packet Boats between Great Britain and Ireland and the British Colonies, and also in the United Kingdom.

(27th June 1825)Currency Act 1825

6 Geo 4 c.79
An Act to provide for the Assimilation of the Currency and Monies of Account throughout the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

(11th April 1826)Chelsea and Kilmainham Hospitals Act 1826

7 Geo 4 c.16
An Act to consolidate and amend several Acts relating to the Royal Hospitals for Soldiers at Chelsea and Kilmainham.

(21st March 1827)Postage Act 1827 (c.6)

7 & 8 Geo 4 c.6
An Act for granting to His Majesty Rates of Postage on the Conveyance of Letters and Packets to and from Saint Domingo and Cuba.

(28th May 1827)Postage Act 1827 (c.21)

7 & 8 Geo 4 c.21
An Act to amend the Laws relating to the Duties of Postage in Great Britain and Ireland.

(2nd July 1827)Average Price of Corn Act 1827

7 & 8 Geo 4 c.58
An Act to make Provision for ascertaining from Time to Time the Average Prices of British Corn.

(15th July 1828)Church Building Society Act 1828

9 Geo 4 c.42
An Act to abolish Church Briefs, and to provide for the better Collection and Application of voluntary Contributions for the Purpose of enlarging and building Churches and Chapels.

(1st June 1829)Greenwich Hospital Outpensions, etc. Act 1829

10 Geo 4 c.26
An Act for transferring the Management of Greenwich Out-pensions, and certain Duties in Matters of Prize, to the Treasurer of the Navy.