Postal addresses: a little history and a lot of photos

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The fourth of the single-letter postcodes, L of course is for Liverpool. The area now covers only the northeast side of the Mersey, the Wirral peninsula having been transferred to CH in 1999.

Numbering starts in the city centre and essentially runs in semicircular bands around it as the numbers increase. The precise logic of this, though, does waver somewhat. L20 and L30 have the post town BOOTLE, surrounded by LIVERPOOL districts.

L1-5 – postal address LIVERPOOL
SJ3589 : Liverpool: the Anglican cathedral from across Upper Duke Street by Chris Downer SJ3490 : Commercial Saleroom Buildings, Victoria Street, Liverpool by Stephen Richards SJ3390 : Liverpool: Royal Liver Building and modern offices by Chris Downer SJ3693 : Anfield Stadium by Stephen Sweeney SJ3592 : Everton Park by Derek Harper

L6-10 – postal address LIVERPOOL
SJ3791 : Liverpool: Romer Road, L6 by Nigel Cox SJ3790 : Terraced houses on Toft Street by Bill Boaden SJ3588 : Granby Street, Toxteth by Noel Jenkins SJ3698 : View from The Mound at Aintree by Nick Smith SJ3898 : Cottages Wango Lane/Bull Lane by Sue Adair

L11-15 – postal address LIVERPOOL
SJ3894 : Utting Avenue East by Sue Adair SJ3993 : The water fountain in West Derby Village by Raymond Knapman SJ3991 : Prescot Road, Old Swan by Sue Adair SJ4191 : Dovecot shops by Sue Adair SJ3889 : High Street, Wavertree by Stephen Sweeney

L16-19 – postal address LIVERPOOL
L20 – postal address BOOTLE, Merseyside
SJ4189 : Childwall church from the Trans Pennine Trail by Raymond Knapman SJ3787 : The Palm House, Sefton Park, Liverpool by El Pollock SJ3987 : Looking down Storrsdale Road by Stephen Sweeney SJ3984 : Street off St Mary's Road by JThomas SJ3494 : Bootle Town Hall and Library by Sue Adair

L21-25 – postal address LIVERPOOL
SJ3296 : Crane Forest by Roger May SJ3197 : Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre by Norman Caesar SD2900 : Hall Road West by Dennis Turner SJ4382 : Speke and John Lennon Airport by Sue Adair SJ4286 : Acrefield Road, Woolton (B5171) by JThomas

L26-29 – postal address LIVERPOOL
L30 – postal address BOOTLE, Merseyside
SJ4586 : Former school, Halewood by John Lord SJ4488 : Caldway Drive, Netherley by Colin Pyle SJ4293 : Haswell Drive, Stockbridge Village by Sue Adair SD3401 : Old house, Lunt by Tom Pennington SJ3699 : Copy Lane by Gerald England

L31-33 – postal address LIVERPOOL
L34-35 – postal address PRESCOT, Merseyside
SD3701 : Hall Road swingbridge, Maghull by Mike Pennington SJ4198 : Kirkby Town Centre by Sue Adair SJ4199 : Tower Blocks from Old Rough Lane, Kirkby by Sue Adair SJ4692 : Eccleston Street, Prescot by Alexander P Kapp SJ4891 : Shops on Warrington Road by David Dixon

L36-38 – postal address LIVERPOOL
L39-40 – postal address ORMSKIRK, Lancs.

SJ4391 : Housing at Woolfall Heath by Anthony Parkes SD2907 : Chapel Lane, Formby by Steven Haslington SD3103 : The Weld Blundell Arms by Anthony Parkes SD4108 : Ormskirk Market by David Dixon SD4411 : Glenroyd Drive, Burscough by Alexander P Kapp

There are also several non-geographic postcode districts for various compaines, L67-75 (post town LIVERPOOL) and L80 (post town BOOTLE): e.g. L67 Littlewoods Pools; L71 American Express; L74-75 HM Revenue & Customs.


LA derives from Lancaster and the area goes north from there, covering Furness and the south Lake District.

LA1-2 – postal address LANCASTER
LA3-4 – postal address MORECAMBE, Lancs.
LA5-6 – postal address CARNFORTH, Lancs.
SD4761 : Lancaster from Castle Hill by Karl and Ali SD6067 : Looking down on Wray by John H Darch SD4161 : Floral display, Heysham village by Ian Taylor
SD4264 : The Midland Hotel, Morecambe by Will Fly SD4970 : Carnforth Canal Basin by David Medcalf SD6178 : Market Square, Kirkby Lonsdale by John Salmon

LA7 – postal address MILNTHORPE, Cumbria
LA8-9 – postal address KENDAL, Cumbria
LA10 – postal address SEDBERGH, Cumbria
SD4981 : Milnthorpe from the Dallam deer park earthwork by Karl and Ali NY4504 : St. Cuthbert's  Church by Mick Garratt SD5192 : Market Place, Kendal by Humphrey Bolton SD6592 : Sedbergh and Winder by Karl and Ali

LA11 – postal address GRANGE-OVER-SANDS, Cumbria
LA12 – postal address ULVERSTON, Cumbria
LA13-14 – postal address BARROW-IN-FURNESS, Cumbria
LA15 – postal address DALTON-IN-FURNESS, Cumbria
SD4077 : Main Street, Grange over Sands by Brian Clift SD2878 : Ulverston War Memorial by Euan Nelson SD2171 : Ruins of Furness Abbey by George Hopkins SD1969 : The Town Hall at Barrow-in-Furness by Gerald Massey SD2273 : Road, a view down Market Street by Stephen Middlemiss

LA16 – postal address ASKAM-IN-FURNESS, Cumbria
LA17 – postal address KIRKBY-IN-FURNESS, Cumbria
LA18-19 – postal address MILLOM, Cumbria
(LA19 was BOOTLE STATION, Cumbria until c.1979)
SD2277 : Looking down to Ireleth by David Brown SD2383 : Wallend by Alexander P Kapp SD1780 : Millom Market Square by SIMON PHILLIPS SD1088 : Main Street, Bootle by Alexander P Kapp

LA20 – postal address BROUGHTON-IN-FURNESS, Cumbria
LA21 – postal address CONISTON, Cumbria
LA22 – postal address AMBLESIDE, Cumbria
LA23 – postal address WINDERMERE, Cumbria

SD2187 : Broughton-in-Furness by Karl and Ali SD3097 : Coniston lakeside by David Pickersgill NY3704 : Overlooking the centre of Ambleside from “The Gale” by Peter S SD4096 : Lake cruisers at their landing stages, Bowness by Humphrey Bolton


The LD postcode area is a rural one and covers the southern half of Powys in mid-Wales, the letters L and D coming from Llandrindod Wells. It is one of only two examples of total simplicity, in that each of its postcode districts forms a different post town and they are numbered straightforwardly upwards from 1 (the other such area is ML). Segments of the LD7 and LD8 districts are geographically in England.

LD1 – postal address LLANDRINDOD WELLS, Powys
LD2 – postal address BUILTH WELLS, Powys
LD3 – postal address BRECON, Powys
LD4 – postal address LLANGAMMARCH WELLS, Powys
SO0561 : Town scene, Llandrindod Wells by Andrew Hill SO0450 : SW end of High Street, Builth Wells by Jaggery SO0428 : Across the Usk at Brecon by Gareth James SN9045 : Cefn Gorwydd by Nigel Davies

LD5 – postal address LLANWRTYD WELLS, Powys
LD6 – postal address RHAYADER, Powys
LD7 – postal address KNIGHTON, Powys
LD8 – postal address PRESTEIGNE, Powys

SN8746 : Llanwrtyd Wells, Neuadd Arms Hotel by Mike Faherty SN9768 : Clock tower and shops, Rhayader by Andrew Hill SO2872 : Clock tower, Knighton by Tim Glover SO3164 : Market Hall, Presteigne by Philip Pankhurst


The LE postcode area contains all of Leicestershire's post towns, with the city of Leicester obviously the centrepiece. Its numbering appears logical up to a point: 1-9 being LEICESTER and 10-18 being the various outlying towns; but then the seemingly random 65 and 67 break up the logic. This occurred in 1992, when LE6 was split into these latter two districts with the innermost part of LE6 remaining under LEICESTER. (ASHBY-DE-LA-ZOUCH had always been a post town, while COALVILLE, IBSTOCK and MARKFIELD had hitherto been under LEICESTER.) At the same time WIGSTON, LE18 was created from parts of LE8, but this is less obvious because 18 was the next unused number. (The WIGSTON post town area is entirely surrounded by LEICESTER.)

NB Although postal counties were never updated with Local Government Reorganisation in 1996-8, counties having been rendered postally redundant a year earlier, an exception was made in the case of Rutland after a campaign by local residents: the postal county for OAKHAM was changed from Leics. to Rutland in 2008.

LE1-5 – postal address LEICESTER
SK5804 : Granby Street, Leicester by Malc McDonald SK6200 : Oadby, Leics LE2 by David Hallam-Jones SK5604 : The A47 Hinckley Road, Leicester by Mat Fascione SK5907 : Vicarage Lane, Belgrave, Leicester by Kate Jewell SK6105 : A47 Uppingham Road, Leicester by Mat Fascione

LE6-9 – postal address LEICESTER
LE10 – postal address HINCKLEY, Leics.
SK5207 : Victoria Terrace, Groby by Mat Fascione SK6412 : Main Street, Queniborough, Leicestershire by Kate Jewell SP5895 : Countesthorpe near Leicester by Mat Fascione SP4697 : War Memorial along Wood Street by Mat Fascione SP4294 : Hinckley Town Museum by Roy William Shakespeare

LE11-12 – postal address LOUGHBOROUGH, Leics.
LE13-14 – postal address MELTON MOWBRAY, Leics.
LE15 – postal address OAKHAM, Rutland
SK5319 : The Town Hall and Bank by roger geach SK4719 : Bull Ring, Shepshed by Richard Vince SK7519 : Market in Nottingham Street by Martin Addison SK7223 : Wartnaby Road in Ab Kettleby by Mat Fascione SK8608 : Oakham Buttercross by Richard Croft

LE16 – postal address MARKET HARBOROUGH, Leics.
LE17 – postal address LUTTERWORTH, Leics.
LE18 – postal address WIGSTON, Leics.
(separated from LEICESTER, LE8 in May 1992)
LE65 – postal address ASHBY-DE-LA-ZOUCH, Leics.
(separated from LE6 in May 1992)
LE67 (part) – postal address COALVILLE, Leics.
(separated from LEICESTER, LE6 in May 1992)
LE67 (part) – postal address IBSTOCK, Leics.
(separated from LEICESTER, LE6 in May 1992)
LE67 (part) – postal address MARKFIELD, Leics.
(separated from LEICESTER, LE6 in May 1992)
SP7387 : Market Harborough: The Old Grammar School by Nigel Cox SP5484 : Lutterworth-High Street by Ian Rob SP6099 : Main shopping street of Wigston by Mat Fascione SK3516 : Ashby-de-la-Zouch: town centre by Chris Downer SK4214 : Coalville, clock tower by Mike Faherty

There are also the non-geographic postcode districts, LE87, LE94-95 (post town LEICESTER).


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