Home   News   Article

The Barman, January 11, 2019

In 1712 the government passed the Stamp Act which levied stamp duty on newspapers.

I was looking to blame our own Robert Walpole for this, but at the time he was serving six months in the Tower of London having been found “guilty of a high breach of trust and notorious corruption”.

It was not until the following year that he gained re-election to parliament as the member for King’s Lynn.

More by this author

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies - Learn More