Postal addresses: a little history and a lot of photos

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MK

MK are the initials of Milton Keynes and this postcode area covers northern Buckinghamshire and northern Bedfordshire.

The numbering is in two distinct phases: from 1-18 covering MILTON KEYNES, NEWPORT PAGNELL and BUCKINGHAM; and then in the 40s covering BEDFORD and OLNEY.

MK1-5 postal address MILTON KEYNES
SP8735 : Stadium MK by Steve Daniels SP8733 : Elizabeth Square, Queensway, Bletchley by Cameraman SP8633 : Bletchley Park Manor by David Purchase SP8435 : Autumn Sunshine, Furzton Lake by Cameraman SP8336 : New Homes, Shenley Lodge, Milton Keynes by Mr Biz

MK6-10 postal address MILTON KEYNES
SP8736 : The City of Roundabouts by Cameraman SP9036 : Passalewe Lane, Wavendon Gate by Derek Harper SP8238 : Two Mile Ash Middle School and Playing Fields by Mike Belch SP8539 : Midsummer Boulevard , Milton Keynes by Richard Rogerson SP8938 : Blanchard Circle by Burgess Von Thunen

MK11-15 postal address MILTON KEYNES
SP7840 : Market Square Stony Stratford by Shaun Ferguson SP8141 : The Agora Centre from Radcliffe Street, Wolverton by Cameraman SP8340 : Mercers Drive, Bradville by Derek Harper SP8541 : Peartree Pond at Great Linford shops by Wendy Carey SP8541 : Peartree Pond at Great Linford shops by Wendy Carey

MK16 postal address NEWPORT PAGNELL, Bucks.
MK17 postal address MILTON KEYNES
MK18 postal address BUCKINGHAM
MK19 postal address MILTON KEYNES
SP8743 : Newport Pagnell: the High Street at dusk by Chris Downer SP9632 : Woburn Abbey and Estate by Peter Roberts SP6933 : Buckingham Town Hall by Steve Daniels SP8046 : North East from Hanslope church by D J Cook

MK40-42 postal address BEDFORD
TL0449 : Church Square, Bedford by Stephen Craven TL0551 : St Augustine's Road, Bedford by Rich Tea TL0549 : College House, St Mary's Square, Bedford by PAUL FARMER

MK43-45 postal address BEDFORD
MK46 postal address OLNEY, Bucks.

SP9941 : Marston Moretaine Church by Alan Simkins TL1252 : Post Office and High Street, Great Barford by Simon Mortimer TL0338 : Bedford Street, Ampthill by Cameraman SP8851 : The Market Place in Olney by Nigel Stickells

There is also the non-geographic postcode district, MK77 (post town MILTON KEYNES) used by Morgan Stanley.

ML

The ML postcode area is based on Motherwell and covers the majority of Lanarkshire i.e. all of it that does not fall under the GLASGOW post town.

Its numbering is straightforward: from 1 to 12, each of the twelve districts being a different post town a simplicity shared only by LD.

(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.)

ML1 postal address MOTHERWELL, Lanarkshire
ML2 postal address WISHAW, Lanarkshire
ML3 postal address HAMILTON, Lanarkshire
ML4 postal address BELLSHILL, Lanarkshire
NS7556 : Civic Centre by Anne Burgess NS7955 : Main Street, Wishaw by Richard Webb NS7255 : Shopping precinct, Hamilton by Lairich Rig NS7360 : Main Street, Bellshill by G Laird

ML5 postal address COATBRIDGE, Lanarkshire
ML6 postal address AIRDRIE, Lanarkshire
ML7 postal address SHOTTS, Lanarkshire
ML8 postal address CARLUKE, Lanarkshire
NS7265 : Monklands canal by Thomas Nugent NS7665 : Airdrie Town Centre by Thomas Nugent NS8760 : Dyfrig Street: Shotts by Jim Smillie NS8450 : Carluke Town Centre by G Laird

ML9 postal address LARKHALL, Lanarkshire
ML10 postal address STRATHAVEN, Lanarkshire
ML11 postal address LANARK
ML12 postal address BIGGAR, Lanarkshire

NS7650 : The B7078 at Larkhall with Larkhall Baptist Church on the right by Elliott Simpson NS7044 : Tudor Coffee House Strathaven by edward mcmaihin NS8843 : Lanark Town Centre by Kevin Rae NT0437 : Flying High over Biggar by Nigel Pacey

N

The N postcode area is that of north London. We have already seen that London postcode districts are numbered alphabetically, according to their 1917 name, rather than geographically that is why they appear so randomly laid out when viewed on a map.

Those original names are noted below in brackets.

All districts have the postal address LONDON.
N1
N2 (East Finclhley)
N3 (Finchley)
N4 (Finsbury Park)
N5 (Highbury)
TQ3183 : View looking down Charlton Place by Robert Lamb TQ2789 : Great North Road by Martin Addison TQ2590 : Former Manor Farm Dairy by Robin Webster TQ3187 : Distant view of London buildings by Peter S TQ3185 : Christ Church, Highbury Hill, London N5 by Vicky Ayech

N6 (Highgate)
N7 (Holloway)
N8 (Hornsey)
N9 (Lower Edmonton)
N10 (Muswell Hill)
TQ2888 : Archway Road by Martin Addison TQ3085 : Holloway Road at corner of Tollington Road by Danny P Robinson TQ3089 : New River path, Hornsey by Jim Osley TQ3493 : Tower blocks, Edmonton Green by Robin Webster TQ2889 : Muswell Hill Broadway at Queen's Avenue by Richard Votta

N11 (New Southgate)
N12 (North Finchley)
N13 (Palmers Green)
N14 (Southgate)
TQ2892 : Brunswick Park Road by Martin Addison TQ2692 : Shops along High Road, North Finchley by David Howard TQ3193 : St John the Evangelist, Palmers Green, London N13 by John Salmon TQ2994 : Ashfield Parade, London N14 by Christine Matthews

N15 (South Tottenham)
N16 (Stoke Newington)
N17 (Tottenham)
N18 (Upper Edmonton)
TQ3388 : Crowland Road, N15 by Danny P Robinson TQ3386 : Stoke Newington, outside Abney Park Cemetery by Danny P Robinson TQ3390 : Bruce Castle, Lordship Lane, Tottenham by Jim Osley TQ3492 : View of Cheshire and Shropshire Houses from the footbridge over the A406 by Robert Lamb

N19 (Upper Holloway)
N20 (Whetstone)
N21 (Winchmore Hill)
N22 (Wood Green)
TQ2986 : Anatola Road by Martin Addison TQ2693 : Barnet House by Martin Addison TQ3194 : Houses on Vicar's Moor Lane by Robin Webster TQ3090 : Wood Green underground station by Jim Osley

There is also the non-geographic postcode district, N82, used by Electoral Reform Services.

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