Rt Hon. Viscount Henry Addington PC
(1757-1844)

Died aged c. 87

Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth, PC (30 May 1757 – 15 February 1844) was a British statesman who served as Prime Minister from 1801 to 1804. He is best known for obtaining the Treaty of Amiens in 1802, an unfavourable peace with Napoleonic France which marked the end of the Second Coalition during the French Revolutionary Wars. When that treaty broke down he resumed the war but he was without allies and conducted a relatively weak defensive war, ahead of what would become the War of the Third Coalition. He was forced from office in favour of William Pitt the Younger, who had preceded Addington as Prime Minister. Addington is also known for his ruthless and efficient crackdown on dissent during a ten-year spell as Home Secretary from 1812 to 1822. He is the longest continuously serving holder of that office since it was created in 1782.

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

Photo of Anthony Addington and Henry Addington blue plaque
Jez Nicholson on Flickr
Photo of Market Cross, Devizes and Henry Addington plaque
Jaggery on Geograph

Dr Anthony Addington 1713-1790 Doctor of Medicine, University of Oxford; physician to King George III, 'The Mad King' His son, Henry Addington (Viscount Sidmouth), Prime Minister, 1801-1804 lived and worked here

London Street, Reading, United Kingdom where he lived and worked

This market cross was erected by Henry Viscount Sidmouth as a memorial of his grateful attachment to the borough of Devizes of which he has been Recorder thirty years and of which he was six times unanimously chosen as representative in Parliament. Anno Domini 1814

, Devizes, United Kingdom where he donated (1814)