Anthony Trollope (1815–1882)

The novelist Anthony Trollope joined Royal Mail at the age of 19. He initially worked as a clerk and was based in London for the first seven years of his career. He is famous for introducing freestanding postboxes or pillar boxes to the UK after seeing them first in France. In 1841 he moved to Ireland to work as a postal surveyor, where he met Rose Heseltine and they married in 1844. He moved back to England and settled in Waltham Cross with his wife and their two sons in 1859.

It was there that he wrote many of his best-loved novels. His postal experiences had a profound influence on his fiction and by his death on 6 December 1882, he had produced 47 novels, five travel books, two plays, biographies, many short stories, reviews, essays, articles and lectures. He is buried in Kensal Green Cemetery in London.

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