List of postcode areas in the United Kingdom
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Subdivision[change | change source]
Scope[change | change source]
United Kingdom postcode areas[change | change source]
Crown dependencies[change | change source]
|Postcode area||Postcode area name|
|IM||Isle of Man|
Defunct postcode areas[change | change source]
London NE and S[change | change source]
Glasgow[change | change source]
Glasgow, like London, was divided into compass districts: C, W, NW, N, E, SE, S, SW. When postcodes were introduced, these were mapped into the new G postcode: C1 became G1, W1 became G11, N1 became G21, E1 became G31, S1 became G41, SW1 became G51, and so on. As NW and SE had never been subdivided they became G20 and G40 respectively.
Norwich and Croydon[change | change source]
Norwich and Croydon were used for a postcode experiment in the late 1960s, which was replaced by the current system. The format was of the form NOR or CRO followed by two numbers and a letter, e.g. NOR 07A.
Non-geographic postcodes[change | change source]
GIR[change | change source]
BF[change | change source]
The BF postcode area was introduced in 2012 to provide optional postcodes for British Forces Post Office addresses, for consistency with the layout of other UK addresses. It uses the national non-geographic post town "BFPO" and, as of 2012, the postcode district "BF1".
BX[change | change source]
The non-geographic postcode area BX has been introduced for addresses which do not include a locality: this allows large organisations flexibility as to where they receive their mail.
Overseas territories[change | change source]
Certain British overseas territories have postcodes:
|Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha: |
Tristan da Cunha
|BBND 1ZZ||British Indian Ocean Territory|
|BIQQ 1ZZ||British Antarctic Territory|
|FIQQ 1ZZ||Falkland Islands|
|PCRN 1ZZ||Pitcairn Islands|
|SIQQ 1ZZ||South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands|
|TKCA 1ZZ||Turks and Caicos Islands|
|BFPO 57 / BF1 2AT(Akrotiri)
BFPO 58 / BF1 2AU (Dhekelia)
|Akrotiri and Dhekelia|
|List||British Virgin Islands|
These were introduced to prevent mail being sent to the wrong place, e.g., for St Helena to St Helens, Merseyside and Ascension Island to Asunción, Paraguay, and many on-line companies will not accept addresses lacking a postcode. Such mail is treated as international, not inland, so sufficient postage must be used.
Related pages[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- Address Management Guide (5th ed.). Royal Mail Group plc. March 2007. Retrieved 22 October 2012.
- HMSO, The Inner London Letter Post, (1980)
- Office for National Statistics (1999). The Official Yearbook of the United Kingdom (PDF) (2000 ed.). London: The Stationery Office. "UK Postal Areas", map opposite p. 5. ISBN 0-11-621098-2. Retrieved 22 October 2012.
- "Quarterly Quality of Service Report to Postcomm – 2009/10 Quarter 1 Report" (PDF). Royal Mail. 2009-08-20. pp. 4–8 (table 2). Retrieved 2009-11-06.
- "Anguilla Has A Postal Code, AI-2640", The Anguillian, 12 October 2007
- First postcode for remote UK isle. BBC News. 7 August 2005.
- Turks and Caicos Islands. Bureau International UPU.
- Landmark birthday for postcode[permanent dead link]
Other websites[change | change source]
- Office for National Statistics - Postal geography
- OpenStreetMap - Postcode map
- Strowger net: postcodes of the UK
- Direct Marketing Lists UK postcode map
- Business Lists UK postcode map
- FREE Vector UK Postcode Maps
- PostcodeArea - Demographics, maps, crime rates, house prices and local information for all UK postcodes
- Strange Maps - Frank Jacobs - Diagrammatic Map -
- Area Information - Wide variety of information for each UK postcodes. Housing information to residential data, crime statistics to sold house prices.