Postal addresses: a little history and a lot of photos

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The letters EH are the first and last in Edinburgh, and this area covers the southern side of the Forth, down to parts of the Borders region. The post towns BALERNO, CURRIE and JUNIPER GREEN, in EH14, no doubt originally came under EDINBURGH.

(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.)

EH1-13 – postal address EDINBURGH
NT2673 : View of the Calton Tunnel from North Bridge by kim traynor NT2574 : George Hotel, George Street by kim traynor NT2573 : Princes Street, Edinburgh by Stephen McKay NT2474 : St Stephen's Church from Fettes Row by kim traynor NT2476 : Granton Harbour from Granton Road by Sandy Gemmill
NT2776 : Ocean Mist, Leith by Chris Allen NT2874 : Bowls, Restalrig by Richard Webb NT2773 : Garden Party afternoon by Lis Burke NT2672 : Rubble-built tenements, Causewayside by kim traynor
NT2572 : Bruntsfield House, Whitehouse Loan by kim traynor NT2473 : Haymarket by David Dixon NT2072 : Corstorphine Old Parish Church by Sandy Gemmill NT2168 : Post Office, Colinton by Tom Richardson

EH14 (part) – postal address EDINBURGH
EH14 (part) – postal address BALERNO, Midlothian
EH14 (part) – postal address CURRIE, Midlothian
EH14 (part) – postal address JUNIPER GREEN, Midlothian
EH15-17 – postal address EDINBURGH
NT1867 : "Old" Currie by Richard Webb NT2973 : Portobello from above Duddingston by Richard Webb NT2769 : Alnwickhill Waterworks by Graeme Yuill NT2968 : Gilmerton by Richard Webb

EH18 – postal address LASSWADE, Midlothian
EH19 – postal address BONNYRIGG, Midlothian
EH20 – postal address LOANHEAD, Midlothian
NT3165 : A6094 at Lasswade on a showery day by M J Richardson NT3065 : Bonnyrigg Town Centre by James Denham NT2865 : Loanhead by Richard Webb

EH21 – postal address MUSSELBURGH, Midlothian
EH22 – postal address DALKEITH, Midlothian
EH23 – postal address GOREBRIDGE, Midlothian
EH24 – postal address ROSEWELL, Midlothian
EH25 – postal address ROSLIN, Midlothian
NT3573 : A power station and its waste ash by Jim Barton NT3467 : Wester Cowden by Richard Webb NT3461 : Main Street, Gorebridge by M J Richardson NT2862 : Rosewell by Richard Webb NT2763 : Tenement building by Jim Smillie

EH26 – postal address PENICUIK, Midlothian
EH27 – postal address KIRKNEWTON, Midlothian
EH28 – postal address NEWBRIDGE, Midlothian
EH29 – postal address KIRKLISTON, West Lothian
EH30 – postal address SOUTH QUEENSFERRY, West Lothian
NT2359 : Penicuik pedestrian shopping area by Darrin Antrobus NT1167 : Litterpicking in Kirknewton by Richard Webb NT1272 : Newbridge Roundabout. by Richard Webb NT1274 : The Square by Tom Sargent NT1378 : Queensferry: piper in High Street by Chris Downer

EH31 – postal address GULLANE, East Lothian
EH32 (part) – postal address LONGNIDDRY, East Lothian
EH32 (part) – postal address PRESTONPANS, East Lothian
EH33-35 – postal address TRANENT, East Lothian
(EH34 was PENCAITLAND and EH35 ORMISTON until c.1989)
NT4882 : Gullane by Richard Webb NT3874 : Seafront, Prestonpans by michael ely NT4072 : High Street, Tranent by Richard Webb NT4468 : Huntlaw Road, Pencaitland by Richard Webb NT4169 : Ormiston Cross by Ewen Rennie

EH36 – postal address HUMBIE, East Lothian
EH37 – postal address PATHHEAD, Midlothian
EH38 – postal address HERIOT, Midlothian
EH39 – postal address NORTH BERWICK, East Lothian
EH40 – postal address EAST LINTON, East Lothian
NT4562 : Humbie Post Office. by Richard Webb NT3964 : Telephone box, Pathhead by Sandy Gemmill NT4054 : Heriot (at Heriot Station) by Sandy Gemmill NT5585 : North Berwick harbour and Seabird Centre from the air by Lisa Jarvis NT5977 : East Lothian Townscape : Dark Clouds Over East Linton High Street by Richard West

EH41 – postal address HADDINGTON, East Lothian
EH42 – postal address DUNBAR, East Lothian
EH43 – postal address WALKERBURN, Peeblesshire
EH44 – postal address INNERLEITHEN, Peeblesshire
EH45 – postal address PEEBLES
NT5173 : Haddington by Richard Webb NT6879 : Getting Down at Victoria Harbour, Dunbar by Richard West NT3637 : Walkerburn from Pirn Craig by Jim Barton NT3336 : Innerleithen High Street by Jim Barton NT2540 : The Tweed at  Peebles by Andy Stephenson

EH46 – postal address WEST LINTON, Peeblesshire
EH47-48 – postal address BATHGATE, West Lothian
EH49 – postal address LINLITHGOW, West Lothian
NT1551 : Parish school: West Linton by Jim Smillie NS9360 : Fauldhouse by Richard Webb NS9368 : West Main Street, Armadale by Kevin Rae NT0077 : Linlithgow: town centre by Chris Downer

EH51 – postal address BO’NESS, West Lothian
EH52 – postal address BROXBURN, West Lothian
EH53-54 – postal address LIVINGSTON, West Lothian
EH55 – postal address WEST CALDER, Midlothian

NS9981 : Bo’ness: view over town by Chris Downer NT0772 : West Main Street, Broxburn by Richard Webb NT0767 : Mid Calder by Kevin Rae NT0468 : Hawk Brae Livingston by Jim Smillie NT0163 : Main Street, West Calder by Richard Webb

There are also two non-geographic postcode areas for specific organisations – EH95 (Scottish Gas) and EH99 (Scottish Parliament), both post town EDINBURGH.


The EN area bases itself in Enfield, Middlesex, a curious post town area in that it is entirely detached from any other in the same county – the London postcode area and Hertfordshire join to push Enfield considerably northeast of its nearest Middlesex compatriot. The EN area extends into southern Hertfordshire and also includes WALTHAM ABBEY in Essex.

NB Although the official county of Middlesex was discontinued in 1965, it was retained for postal purposes in those parts outside the London postal area. Therefore, Middlesex remains a correct county name.

EN1-3 – postal address ENFIELD, Middx.
EN4-5 – postal address BARNET, Herts.
TQ3396 : Parade of Shops, Southbury Road, Enfield by Christine Matthews TQ3296 : Church Street, Enfield, at Christmas by Christine Matthews TQ3598 : Bar FM by archimandrill TQ2794 : Oakleigh Park by Martin Addison TQ2496 : Buses and St. John The Baptist by Martin Addison

EN6 – postal address POTTERS BAR, Herts.
EN7-8 – postal address WALTHAM CROSS, Herts.
EN9 – postal address WALTHAM ABBEY, Essex
EN10 – postal address BROXBOURNE, Herts.
EN11 – postal address HODDESDON, Herts.

TL2501 : Street scene in Potters Bar by Jack Hill TL3502 : Roundabout on College Road Cheshunt by Christine Matthews TL3600 : Waltham Cross: The Eleanor Cross by Nigel Cox
TL3800 : Waltham Abbey, Essex by Christine Matthews TL3606 : View from St Augustine's Church, Broxbourne by John Salmon TL3708 : The White Swan, Hoddesdon by John Salmon


The EX postal area is a large one. Deriving its name from Exeter, it includes all of north, west and central Devon, and also extends to Bude in the northern tip of Cornwall. The numbering follows a fairly logical path around the area, with the exception of COLYTON – this had originally shared EX13 with AXMINSTER before being assigned EX24 in its own right in June 1998.

The appearance of some surprisingly small places as post towns such as BEAWORTHY and UMBERLEIGH is probably a reminder of the time that the railway was the main form of transport from the post, and they used to have stations.

EX1-6 – postal address EXETER
SX9292 : Exeter Cathedral by Nigel Mykura SX9391 : Salmonpool Lane, Exeter by Derek Harper SX9687 : Topsham quay and the Lighter Inn by Martin Southwood
SX9191 : Sydney Road and Queen's Road, Exeter by Derek Harper SX9791 : Main Street, Clyst St. Mary by Jonathan Billinger SX9487 : Local shops, Exminster by Roger Cornfoot

EX7 – postal address DAWLISH, Devon
EX8 – postal address EXMOUTH, Devon
EX9 – postal address BUDLEIGH SALTERTON, Devon
EX10 – postal address SIDMOUTH, Devon
SX9676 : Dawlish: overlooking the seafront by Chris Downer SX9980 : Exmouth Marina by Sarah Charlesworth SY0681 : Budleigh Salterton: red cliffs by Chris Downer SY1287 : Fishing boats, Sidmouth by John Tomlinson

EX11 – postal address OTTERY ST. MARY, Devon
EX12 – postal address SEATON, Devon
EX13 – postal address AXMINSTER, Devon
EX14 – postal address HONITON, Devon
EX15 – postal address CULLOMPTON, Devon
SY0995 : Paternoster Row, Ottery St Mary by Roger Cornfoot SY2489 : Seaton Town Centre by Tony Atkin SY2998 : Axminster Guildhall by Derek Harper ST1600 : North side of High Street, Honiton by Roger Cornfoot ST0207 : Cullompton : Fore Street by Lewis Clarke

EX16 – postal address TIVERTON, Devon
EX17 – postal address CREDITON, Devon
EX18 – postal address CHULMLEIGH, Devon
EX19 – postal address WINKLEIGH, Devon
EX20 (part) – postal address OKEHAMPTON, Devon
EX20 (part) – postal address NORTH TAWTON, Devon
SS9512 : Handsome houses in St Peter Street Tiverton by Sarah Smith SS8300 : Crediton: Union Road from Union Terrace by Martin Bodman SS6814 : Chulmleigh - mid Devon by Richard Knights SS6308 : Winkleigh: the post office by Chris Downer SX5895 : Fore Street, Okehampton by Derek Harper

EX21 – postal address BEAWORTHY, Devon
EX22 – postal address HOLSWORTHY, Devon
EX23 – postal address BUDE, Cornwall
EX24 – postal address COLYTON, Devon
(was part of EX13 until June 1998)
SS4400 : Beeching Close, Halwill Junction by Derek Harper SS3403 : The Old Market Inn in Fore Street by Rod Allday SS2006 : Surf in Bude Haven by Humphrey Bolton SY2493 : Market Place, Colyton by Roger Cornfoot

EX31-32 – postal address BARNSTAPLE, Devon
EX33 – postal address BRAUNTON, Devon
EX34 (part) – postal address ILFRACOMBE, Devon
EX34 (part) – postal address WOOLACOMBE, Devon
EX35 (part) – postal address LYNMOUTH, Devon
EX35 (part) – postal address LYNTON, Devon
SS5533 : Braunton Bridge on the River Yeo as seen from upstream by Roger A Smith SS5632 : Brewer Harding & Rowe at The Square, Barnstaple by Basher Eyre SS4836 : Village Green by William Bedell SS5147 : Wilder Road leading away from the junction with Greenclose Road and Brookdale Avenue by Roger A Smith SS7249 : Lynmouth harbour by Graham Horn

EX36 – postal address SOUTH MOLTON, Devon
EX37 – postal address UMBERLEIGH, Devon
EX38 – postal address TORRINGTON, Devon
EX39 – postal address BIDEFORD, Devon
(includes Lundy Island)
SS7125 : Houses in South Street, South Molton by Humphrey Bolton SS6023 : Umberleigh Bridge on the River Taw by Roger A Smith SS4919 : Fore Street, Great Torrington by Roger Cornfoot SS4526 : The Quay, Bideford by Roger A Smith


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