Postal addresses: a little history and a lot of photos

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The FK postcode area is centred on Falkirk and essentially comprises Stirlingshire and Clackmannanshire, but it also features a substantial part of Perthshire.

(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.)

FK1-2 postal address FALKIRK
FK3 postal address GRANGEMOUTH, Stirlingshire
FK4 postal address BONNYBRIDGE, Stirlingshire
FK5 postal address LARBERT, Stirlingshire
NS8879 : Falkirk: High Street by Chris Downer NS8882 : Cobblebrae Crescent by Richard Webb NS9481 : Petrochemical plant by Paul McIlroy NS8280 : Bonnybridge Terraces by Kevin Rae NS8582 : Larbert Main Street by Kevin Rae

FK6 postal address DENNY, Stirlinghshire
FK7-9 postal address STIRLING
FK10 (part) postal address ALLOA, Clackmannanshire
FK10 (part) postal address CLACKMANNAN
NS8182 : Broad St, Denny, looking west by John Lord NS8090 : Houses in The Brae, Bannockburn by Richard Dorrell NS7993 : Port Street, Stirling by C L T Smith NS7997 : Bridge of Allan in 2004 by Peter Gordon NS8892 : Alloa spires by Paul McIlroy

FK11 postal address MENSTRIE, Clackmannanshire
FK12 postal address ALVA, Clackmannanshire
FK13 postal address TILLICOULTRY, Clackmannanshire
FK14 postal address DOLLAR, Clackmannanshire
FK15 postal address DUNBLANE, Perthshire
NS8496 : Menstrie Castle by Colin Smith NS8897 : Alva by Callum Black NS9197 : Upper Mill Street by Callum Black NS9697 : Bridge Street, Dollar by Rob Burke NN7801 : Dunblane Cathedral by Maigheach-gheal

FK16 postal address DOUNE, Perthshire
FK17-18 postal address CALLANDER, Perthshire
FK19 postal address LOCHEARNHEAD, Perthshire
FK20 postal address CRIANLARICH, Perthshire
FK21 postal address KILLIN, Perthshire

NN7201 : Main Street, Doune by Colin Smith NN6207 : Ancaster Square, Callander by Colin Smith NN5617 : Strathyre on the road to the Highlands by James Denham
NN5823 : Winter Evening, Lochearnhead by Mike and Kirsty Grundy NN3825 : Main Road, Crianlarich by Peter Bond NN5732 : The Old Smiddy by Stephen Sweeney


FY are not the letters that would immediately spring to mind as the postcode for Blackpool, but that is because it is named after the Fylde, the peninsula on which the famous seaside resort stands.

The post towns POULTON-LE-FYLDE and THORNTON-CLEVELEYS were previously under BLACKPOOL, becoming post towns in their own right in 1991. THORNTON-CLEVELEYS addresses were previously either Thornton, BLACKPOOL or Cleveleys, BLACKPOOL.

FY1-4 postal address BLACKPOOL
SD3035 : Blackpool: Tower reflection on the beach by Chris Downer SD3039 : Path to the promenade behind the Tram Station by Steve Daniels SD3235 : Stanley Park, Blackpool by P Flannagan SD3132 : Halfway House by Gerald England

FY5 postal address THORNTON-CLEVELEYS, Lancs.
(BLACKPOOL until September 1991)
FY6 postal address POULTON-LE-FYLDE, Lancs.
(BLACKPOOL until September 1991)
FY7 postal address FLEETWOOD, Lancs.
FY8 postal address LYTHAM ST. ANNES, Lancs.

SD3143 : New prom in Cleveleys by Margaret SD3439 : Shopping area, Poulton-le-Fylde by Barbara Carr SD3348 : Tram and lighthouse by Alan Murray-Rust SD3127 : St. Annes: distant view of town by Chris Downer


The third single-letter postcode area alphabetically, G of course is for Glasgow. A large area, the G postcode spreads more rurally northward and southward than it does east and west this is because of near neighbours ML (Motherwell) and PA (Paisley) on those latter two sides. The G63 district, in particular, includes the rural area all the way up to the eastern shore of Loch Lomond.

Although large in area, the G postcode contains few post towns mainly because so much of the surrounding area comes under GLASGOW itself. The other post towns are all in Dunbartonshire. The G60 area is a bit of an anomaly, being a detachment of the GLASGOW post town area, separated from the bulk by CLYDEBANK in G81.

At local government reorganisation in 1974, the old Scottish counties, unlike many in England and Wales, were not substituted by the Post Office, so Dunbartonshire remains correct for postal purposes. (So too does Lanarkshire, GLASGOW's county, but since Glasgow was one of those large cities traditionally not requiring the county name, it is omitted here.)

G1-5 postal address GLASGOW
NS5964 : King Street by Thomas Nugent NS5865 : Glasgow: West George Street by Chris Downer NS5666 : Glasgow: Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum by Chris Downer NS6065 : Glasgow Cathedral by Thomas Nugent NS5864 : Former Bridge Street station by Thomas Nugent

G11-15 postal address GLASGOW
NS5566 : Gardner Street by Thomas Nugent NS5567 : Gartnavel General Hospital by Stephen Sweeney NS5368 : University of Strathclyde, Jordanhill campus by Darrin Antrobus NS5267 : easyJet plane approaching Glasgow by Thomas Nugent NS5170 : Great Western Retail Park by Stephen Sweeney

G20-23 postal address GLASGOW
NS5768 : Shakespeare Street by Richard Webb NS6168 : The Old Medical Refectory by Thomas Nugent NS5968 : Trinity Possil and Henry Drummond Church of Scotland by Isabel Whyte NS5770 : Arrochar Street at Invershiel Road by Stephen Sweeney

G31-34 postal address GLASGOW
NS6165 : Alexandra Parade by Richard Webb NS6365 : Speed camera on Carntyne Road by Stephen Sweeney NS6366 : M8 at Junction 12 by G Laird NS6865 : Lochdochart Road, Easterhouse by Richard Webb

G40-46 postal address GLASGOW
NS6163 : Celtic Park by Paul McIlroy NS5662 : Springkell Avenue by Thomas Nugent NS5862 : Cathcart Road by Richard Webb NS5660 : Spring Crocuses, Doonfoot Road by Chris Upson
NS5960 : Looking along Menock Road by Alec MacKinnon NS6059 : Dougrie Flats from Castlemilk Drive by Stephen Sweeney NS5558 : Bar Milano by Stephen Sweeney

G51-53 postal address GLASGOW
NS5565 : Riverside Museum and SV Glenlee, Glasgow by Gareth James NS5264 : Hillington Quadrant by Stephen Sweeney NS5361 : Pollok Roundabout by Thomas Nugent

G60-64 postal address GLASGOW
NS4672 : Dumbarton Road Old Kilpatrick by Thomas Nugent NS5472 : New Kilpatrick Parish Kirk by Anne Burgess NS5574 : Milngavie, Douglas Street by Robert Murray NS6070 : Kirkintilloch Road, Bishopbriggs by Raymond Okonski SD3132 : Halfway House by Gerald England

G60-69 postal address GLASGOW
NS7177 : Kilsyth Burns & Old Parish Church by Texas Radio and The Big Beat NS6573 : Townhead, Kirkintilloch by Raymond Okonski NS7674 : Tryst Sports Centre, Cumbernauld by Stevie Spiers NS7374 : The Smiddy by Richard Webb NS6769 : A80 westbound, west of Muirhead by Darrin Antrobus

G71-74 postal address GLASGOW
NS6861 : M73/M74 Interchange by David Dixon NS6460 : Main Street, Cambuslang by Richard Webb NS6161 : The Town Hall, Rutherglen by G Laird NS6354 : Debenhams, East Kilbride by Stephen Sweeney

G75-78 postal address GLASGOW
NS6152 : Crosshouse Road by Melissa Gray NS5957 : Housing in Carmunnock by Stephen Sweeney NS5355 : Mearns Cross by Gordon McKinlay NS5059 : View to Barrhead Town Centre from Carlibar Road by Stephen Sweeney

G81 postal address CLYDEBANK, Dunbartonshire
G82 postal address DUMBARTON
G83 (part) postal address ALEXANDRIA, Dunbartonshire
G83 (part) postal address ARROCHAR, Dunbartonshire
G84 postal address HELENSBURGH, Dunbartonshire

NS4970 : Newly-landscaped stretch of canal in Clydebank by Stephen Sweeney NS3975 : Dumbarton Municipal Buildings by Lairich Rig NS3882 : Balloch: the Maid of the Loch by Chris Downer NS2982 : Colquhoun Square - central Helensburgh by Anthony O'Neil

There are also five non-geographic postcode areas for specific organisations G9 (newspaper competitions), G58 (National Savings), G70 and G79 (Inland Revenue) and G90 (Dept. for Work & Pensions).


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