A Postcode Album Volume 1, AB (Aberdeen) to BS (Bristol)
|Thu, 5 Jun 2008 16:44
|The postcode area AB derives its name from the city of Aberdeen and, fairly straightforwardly, comprises the entirety of postal addresses in Aberdeenshire, Banffshire and Kincardineshire. (At local government reorganisation in 1974, the old Scottish counties, unlike many in England and Wales, were not substituted by the Post Office, so the old county names remain correct for postal purposes.)
The AB area was reconfigured in August 1990, whereby the AB1, AB2, AB3, AB4 and AB5 areas were expanded to two-digit numbers beginning with the original single digit AB1x, AB2x etc.
AB10-12 postal address ABERDEEN
AB13 postal address MILLTIMBER, Aberdeenshire (separated from ABERDEEN in January 1996)
AB14 postal address PETERCULTER, Aberdeenshire (separated from ABERDEEN in January 1996)
AB15-16 postal address ABERDEEN
AB21-25 postal address ABERDEEN
AB30 postal address LAURENCEKIRK, Kincardineshire
AB31 postal address BANCHORY, Kincardineshire
AB32 postal address WESTHILL, Aberdeenshire (renamed from SKENE in January 1996)
AB33 postal address ALFORD, Aberdeenshire
AB34 postal address ABOYNE, Aberdeenshire
AB35 postal address BALLATER, Aberdeenshire
AB36 postal address STRATHDON, Aberdeenshire
AB37 postal address BALLINDALLOCH, Banffshire
AB38 postal address ABERLOUR, Banffshire
AB39 postal address STONEHAVEN, Kincardineshire
AB41 postal address ELLON, Aberdeenshire
AB42 postal address PETERHEAD, Aberdeenshire
AB43 postal address FRASERBURGH, Aberdeenshire
AB44 postal address MACDUFF, Banffshire
AB45 postal address BANFF
AB51 postal address INVERURIE, Aberdeenshire
AB52 postal address INSCH, Aberdeenshire
AB53 postal address TURRIFF, Aberdeenshire
AB54 postal address HUNTLY, Aberdeenshire
AB55 postal address KEITH, Banffshire
AB56 postal address BUCKIE, Banffshire
|Thu, 5 Jun 2008 17:43
|AL is centred on St Albans, and the area covers central Hertfordshire.
AL1-AL4 postal address ST. ALBANS, Herts.
AL5 postal address HARPENDEN, Herts.
AL6 postal address WELWYN, Herts.
AL7-8 postal address WELWYN GARDEN CITY, Herts.
AL9-10 postal address HATFIELD, Herts.
|Fri, 6 Jun 2008 13:27
|The postcode area B, alphabetically the first of the eight single-letter areas, is based on Birmingham and is the largest in terms of highest numbered districts, reaching B98 although it is not an unbroken sequence from B1. Since Walsall, Wolverhampton and Dudley have their own postcodes, the B area radiates farther to the south and east than north and west, reaching rural areas of Warwickshire and parts of Worcestershire, also including Tamworth in Staffordshire. Numbers increase in a clockwise spiral from the city centre.
For all the districts B1-48, the postal address is BIRMINGHAM:
B1-4 city centre
B5 Digbeth; B6 Aston; B7 Nechells; B8 Ward End; B9 Bordesley
B10 Small Heath; B11 Tyseley; B12 Balsall Heath; B13 Moseley; B14 Kings Heath
B15 Edgbaston; B16 Ladywood; B17 Harborne; B18 Winson Green; B19 Lozells
B20-21 Handsworth; B22 Kings Norton; B23-24 Erdington
B25-26 Yardley; B27 Acocks Green; B28 Hall Green; B29 Selly Oak
B30 Bournville; B31 Northfield; B32 Woodgate; B33 Kitts Green; B34 Shard End
B35 Castle Vale; B36 Castle Bromwich; B37 Chelmsley Wood; B38 Kings Norton
B40 NEC and airport; B42 Perry Barr; B43 Great Barr; B44 Kingstanding
B45 Rubery; B46 Water Orton; B47 Hollywood; B48 Alvechurch
B49-50 postal address ALCESTER, Warks.
B60-61 postal address BROMSGROVE, Worcs.
B62-63 postal address HALESOWEN, W. Midlands
B64-69 were postally WARLEY, W. Midlands until January 1997 when they were separated as follows:
B64 postal address CRADLEY HEATH, W. Midlands
B65 postal address ROWLEY REGIS, W. Midlands
B66-67 postal address SMETHWICK, W. Midlands
B68-69 postal address OLDBURY, W. Midlands
B70-71 postal address WEST BROMWICH, W. Midlands
B72-76 postal address SUTTON COLDFIELD, W. Midlands
B77-79 postal address TAMWORTH, Staffs.
B80 postal address STUDLEY, Warks.
B90-94 postal address SOLIHULL, W. Midlands
B95 postal address HENLEY-IN-ARDEN, Warks. (part of SOLIHULL, W. Midlands until March 2003)
B96-98 postal address REDDITCH, Worcs.
|Fri, 6 Jun 2008 16:39
|The postcode area BA, bases itself on Bath and also covers eastern part of Somerset and the southwestern extremity of Wiltshire which is significantly closer to Bath than to Swindon (SN being the next postcode in that direction). The Yeovil post town area also protrudes a small distance into Dorset.
In recent years the FROME post town, BA11, has taken the village of Rode and surrounding area from BATH, while the RADSTOCK, BA3, area altered slightly when it became a post town in its own right.
NB The postal county for BATH is Avon; the Royal Mail ceased the requirement for county names on addresses in 1996 and these were not updated after local government reorganisation of the following year. Since BATH did not historically require the county name beforehand, though, it is omitted here.
BA1-2 postal address BATH
BA3 postal address RADSTOCK, Somerset (separated from BATH in December 2000)
BA4 postal address SHEPTON MALLET, Somerset
BA5 postal address WELLS, Somerset
BA6 postal address GLASTONBURY, Somerset
BA7 postal address CASTLE CARY, Somerset
BA8 postal address TEMPLECOMBE, Somerset
BA9 postal address WINCANTON, Somerset
BA10 postal address BRUTON, Somerset
BA11 postal address FROME, Somerset
BA12 postal address WARMINSTER, Wilts.
BA13 postal address WESTBURY, Wilts.
BA14 postal address TROWBRIDGE, Wilts.
BA15 postal address BRADFORD-ON-AVON, Wilts.
BA16 postal address STREET, Somerset
BA20-22 postal address YEOVIL, Somerset
|Fri, 6 Jun 2008 17:15
|BB is for Blackburn, and the area generally proceeds east from there up the Colne valley towards Burnley, ending with Barnoldswick and the Yorkshire border.
BB1-2 postal address BLACKBURN
BB3 postal address DARWEN, Lancs.
BB4 postal address ROSSENDALE, Lancs.
BB5 postal address ACCRINGTON, Lancs.
BB6 postal address BLACKBURN (again)
BB7 postal address CLITHEROE, Lancs.
BB8 postal address COLNE, Lancs.
BB9 postal address NELSON, Lancs.
BB10-12 postal address BURNLEY, Lancs.
BB18 postal address BARNOLDSWICK (separated from COLNE, BB8, in July 1997)
There is also the non-geographic postcode area BB94 (post town BARNOLDSWICK) reserved for a specific large user.
|Mon, 9 Jun 2008 17:19
|BD concerns itself with serving Bradford and the surrounding area. With HD covering Huddersfield, the BD area stretches further north, rurally, than it does south. However, the southern fringe of the BRADFORD post town, plus CLECKHEATON, are outside the city limits administratively in Kirklees borough.
Within the BRADFORD post town, the numbering from BD1 to BD15 runs roughly in a clockwise spiral from the city centre.
BD1-15 postal address BRADFORD, W. Yorkshire
BD16 postal address BINGLEY, W. Yorkshire
BD17-18 postal address SHIPLEY, W. Yorkshire
BD19 postal address CLECKHEATON, W. Yorkshire
BD20-22 postal address KEIGHLEY, W. Yorkshire
BD23 postal address SKIPTON, N. Yorkshire
BD24 postal address SETTLE, N. Yorkshire
There are also the non-geographic postcode areas BD97-99 (post towns BINGLEY and BRADFORD) reserved for specific large users.
|Mon, 9 Jun 2008 17:19
|BH is centred on Bournemouth, and covers eastern Dorset and the southwestern fringe of Hampshire. Much of the CHRISTCHURCH area includes bits of Hampshire, while RINGWOOD includes an area of east Dorset.
BH1-11 postal address BOURNEMOUTH
BH12-17 postal address POOLE, Dorset
BH18 postal address BROADSTONE, Dorset
BH19 postal address SWANAGE, Dorset
BH20 postal address WAREHAM, Dorset
BH21 postal address WIMBORNE, Dorset
BH22 postal address FERNDOWN, Dorset (separated from WIMBORNE in March 1991)
BH23 postal address CHRISTCHURCH, Dorset
BH24 postal address RINGWOOD, Hants.
BH25 postal address NEW MILTON, Hants.
BH31 postal address VERWOOD, Dorset (separated from WIMBORNE, BH21, in June 1991)
|Mon, 9 Jun 2008 19:49
|The BL area contains the fewest post towns of any mainiland postcode area outside the London postal area, featuring just two: BOLTON and BURY on the northern fringe of Greater Manchester. However, since Greater Manchester was not updated as a postal county in the local government reorganisation of 1974, Lancashire remains the correct county name for postal purposes. The area's northern extremity does encroach into Lancashire proper, in Edgworth and north of Ramsbottom.
The BL area makes fairly rare use of zero in the district BL0, possibly because, with exactly ten districts, it was considered preferable that they all be single-digit.
BL1-7 postal address BOLTON
BL8-9 and BL0 postal address BURY, Lancs.
There are also the non-geographic postcode areas BL11, 78 and 80 (post town BOLTON) reserved for specific large users.
|Tue, 10 Jun 2008 09:50
|BN refers to Brighton, and includes the western East Sussex and eastern West Sussex. It would appear that BN4 was split at some stage into several districts numbered in the fortysomethings.
BN1-2 postal address BRIGHTON
BN3 postal address HOVE, E. Sussex
BN5 postal address HENFIELD, W. Sussex
BN6 postal address HASSOCKS, W. Sussex
BN7-8 postal address LEWES, E. Sussex
BN9 postal address NEWHAVEN, E. Sussex
BN10 postal address PEACEHAVEN, E. Sussex (separated from NEWHAVEN in May 1990)
BN11-14 postal address WORTHING, W. Sussex
BN15 postal address LANCING, W. Sussex
BN16-17 postal address LITTLEHAMPTON, W. Sussex
BN18 postal address ARUNDEL, W. Sussex
BN20-23 postal address EASTBOURNE, E. Sussex
BN24 postal address PEVENSEY, E. Sussex
BN25 postal address SEAFORD, E. Sussex
BN26 postal address POLEGATE, E. Sussex
BN27 postal address HAILSHAM, E. Sussex
BN41-42 postal address BRIGHTON
BN43 postal address SHOREHAM-BY-SEA, W. Sussex
BN44 postal address STEYNING, W. Sussex
BN45 postal address BRIGHTON
There are also the non-geographic postcode areas BN88 and 99 (post town BRIGHTON) reserved for specific large users.
|Tue, 10 Jun 2008 09:50
|The postcode area BR is in southeast London, centered on Bromley. The addresses within Greater London but outside the London postcode areas still allude to their historical counties, so Kent is still the correct county name.
BR1, BR2 (part) postal address BROMLEY
BR2 (part) postal address KESTON, Kent
BR3 postal address BECKENHAM, Kent
BR4 postal address WEST WICKHAM, Kent
BR5-6 postal address ORPINGTON, Kent
BR7 postal address CHISLEHURST, Kent
BR8 postal address SWANLEY, Kent