Postal addresses: a little history and a lot of photos

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The letters PL derive from Plymouth and this area covers southwest Devon and the eastern half of Cornwall – excluding the northern tip around Bude, which falls under EX.

PL1-5 – postal address PLYMOUTH
SX4753 : Plymouth : Plymouth Hoe & Coastline by Lewis Clarke SX4456 : Devonport dockyard by Roger Cornfoot SX4957 : Hollycroft Road, Plymouth by Derek Harper SX4954 : Desborough Road, Plymouth by Derek Harper SX4358 : Devon Bank of River Tamar From Royal Albert Bridge by Roy Hughes

PL6-9 – postal address PLYMOUTH
SX4961 : Langley on the Southway Estate by Tony Atkin SX5761 : Lee Moor by Derek Harper SX5447 : Noss Mayo by Ruth Sharville SX5153 : Lands Park by Tony Atkin

PL10-11 – postal address TORPOINT, Cornwall
PL12 – postal address SALTASH, Cornwall
PL13 – postal address LOOE, Cornwall
SX4148 : Maker with Rame: St Michael’s Chapel, Rame Head by Martin Bodman SX4455 : View of Torpoint from one of the ferry boats by Irene Marlborough SX4358 : The Tamar Bridges, Saltash by Rob Farrow SX2553 : Beach and East Looe by Pam Brophy

PL14 – postal address LISKEARD, Cornwall
PL15 – postal address LAUNCESTON, Cornwall
PL16 – postal address LIFTON, Devon
PL17 – postal address CALLINGTON, Cornwall
SX2564 : Liskeard celebrates the millennium by Anthony Vosper SX3384 : Launceston by Richard Croft SX3885 : Main Street, Lifton by Mike Smith SX3569 : Fore Street, Callington by Robin Drayton

PL18 (part) – postal address CALSTOCK, Cornwall
PL18 (part) – postal address GUNNISLAKE, Cornwall
PL19 – postal address TAVISTOCK, Devon
PL20 – postal address YELVERTON, Devon
PL21 – postal address IVYBRIDGE, Devon
SX4368 : Calstock, viewed from the railway viaduct by Roger Cornfoot SX4874 : Tavistock Town Hall by Graham Horn SX5873 : Edge of the moor, Princetown by Derek Harper SX6356 : Fore Street, Ivybridge by Tony Atkin

PL22 – postal address LOSTWITHIEL, Cornwall
PL23 – postal address FOWEY, Cornwall
PL24 – postal address PAR, Cornwall
PL25-26 – postal address ST. AUSTELL, Cornwall
SX1059 : Medieval Bridge - Lostwithiel by David Barnes SX1251 : Fowey: Town Quay 2 by Martin Bodman SX0853 : Par Sands Dune Succession by Tony Atkin SX0152 : Buildings on Market Street, St Austell by Derek Harper SX0144 : Mevagissey Harbour by Marty Barclay

PL27 – postal address WADEBRIDGE, Cornwall
PL28 – postal address PADSTOW, Cornwall
PL29 – postal address PORT ISAAC, Cornwall
PL30-31 – postal address BODMIN, Cornwall
SW9972 : Wadebridge Town Hall by Ian S SW9175 : Padstow inner harbour. by steven ruffles SW9980 : Port Isaac by Maurice D Budden SX0676 : St Tudy Village by David  Balmford SX0766 : Turf Street and Honey Street by Tony Atkin

PL32 – postal address CAMELFORD, Cornwall
PL33 – postal address DELABOLE, Cornwall
PL34 – postal address TINTAGEL, Devon
PL35 – postal address BOSCASTLE, Cornwall

SX1083 : The Town Hall, Camelford by Humphrey Bolton SX0683 : St Teath: Clock Tower, Delabole by Martin Bodman SX0588 : Tintagel Castle by Chris Gunns SX0991 : Boscastle: view upriver from Penally Point by Chris Downer

There is also the non-geographic postcode district for Plymouth City Council, PL95 (post town PLYMOUTH).


The PO postcode area, centred on Portsmouth, serves southeast Hampshire, southwest West Sussex and the Isle of Wight. Numbering runs from 1 to 22 on the mainland and resumes at 30 on the Isle of Wight.

PO1-3 – postal address PORTSMOUTH
PO4-5 – postal address SOUTHSEA, Hants.
PO6 – postal address PORTSMOUTH
SU6200 : Portsmouth: Portsmouth Harbour station and historic dockyard by Chris Downer SU6402 : Grange Road, North End by Basher Eyre SU6601 : Milton Road in Portsmouth by Steve Daniels
SZ6598 : Sunny Evening, Southsea Pier by Elaine Morgan SZ6498 : Bandstand, West Battery Gardens by Mark Percy SU6505 : Pedestrian Precinct - Cosham by Colin Babb

PO7-8 – postal address WATERLOOVILLE, Hants.
(separated from PORTSMOUTH in Oct. 1990)
PO9 (part) – postal address HAVANT, Hants.
PO9 (part) – postal address ROWLAND'S CASTLE, Hants.
PO10 – postal address EMSWORTH, Hants.
PO11 – postal address HAYLING ISLAND, Hants.
SU6809 : Waterlooville: London Road by Chris Downer SU7013 : Gale's Brewery, Horndean by Jonathan Billinger SU7106 : Slushy conditions near The Meridian Centre by Basher Eyre SU7505 : St Peter's Square, Emsworth by Paul Gillett SZ7198 : Hayling Beach by Ray Stanton

PO12, PO13 (part) – postal address GOSPORT, Hants.
PO13 (part) – postal address LEE-ON-THE-SOLENT, Hants.
PO14-17 – postal address FAREHAM, Hants.
SZ6299 : Gosport by Colin Smith SU5600 : Lee-on-the-Solent: the beach by Chris Downer SU5503 : Stubbington village centre (2010) by Barry Shimmon
SU5209 : Looking along Thyme Avenue, Whiteley by Peter Facey SU5706 : Fareham Town Centre (4) by Barry Shimmon SU5711 : Wickham: The Square by Chris Downer

PO18-20 – postal address CHICHESTER, W. Sussex
PO21-22 – postal address BOGNOR REGIS, W. Sussex
SU8003 : Bosham from the south - approaching high tide by Rob Farrow SU8504 : Chichester Cathedral by Rob Farrow SZ8592 : Selsey and Selsey Bill: aerial 2014 by Chris SZ9398 : Bognor Regis beach west of pier by P L Chadwick SZ9599 : Beach huts 94 - 118, Felpham by Robin Webster

PO30 – postal address NEWPORT, Isle of Wight
PO31 – postal address COWES, Isle of Wight
PO32 – postal address EAST COWES, Isle of Wight
PO33 – postal address RYDE, Isle of Wight
PO34 – postal address SEAVIEW, Isle of Wight
PO35 – postal address BEMBRIDGE, Isle of Wight
SZ4989 : Queen Victoria Monument, St James's Square by David Dixon SZ4996 : Cowes, Isle of Wight by Anthony Eden SZ5194 : Osborne House by Philip Halling
SZ5992 : Ryde: Union Street by Chris Downer SZ6291 : Along the beach to Nettlestone Point by David Martin SZ6488 : Bembridge point by Colin Babb

PO36 – postal address SANDOWN, Isle of Wight
PO37 – postal address SHANKLIN, Isle of Wight
PO38 – postal address VENTNOR, Isle of Wight
PO39 – postal address TOTLAND BAY, Isle of Wight
PO40 – postal address FRESHWATER, Isle of Wight
PO41 – postal address YARMOUTH, Isle of Wight

SZ5983 : Sandown Bay by David Dixon SZ5881 : Shanklin: a coastal view by Chris Downer SZ5677 : Ventnor: the beach from the southeast by Chris Downer
SZ3085 : Alum Bay by Shaun Ferguson SZ3485 : Freshwater: across Freshwater Bay by Chris Downer SZ3589 : Yarmouth from the IOW ferry by Steve Daniels


PR is for Preston and this smallish area initially had only three post towns – PRESTON, CHORLEY and SOUTHPORT – before LEYLAND was made a post town in its own right.

PR1-5 – postal address PRESTON
SD5429 : Market Place, Preston by Bill Boaden SD5030 : Football matches in Ashton Park by Bill Boaden SD6037 : Longridge, Berry Lane by Chris Shaw SD3931 : Village Pond "The Dub" Wrea Green, Lancashire by Robert Wade SD5625 : The level crossing at Bamber Bridge by Raymond Knapman

PR6-7 – postal address CHORLEY, Lancs.
PR8-9 – postal address SOUTHPORT, Merseyside
PR25-26 – postal address LEYLAND, Lancs.
(separated from PRESTON, PR5 in Dec. 2000)
SD5917 : Brooke Street at the junction with Buchanan Street by Ann Cook SD5519 : Briar Avenue, Euxton by Alex McGregor SD3217 : Marine Drive, Southport by Danny P Robinson SD3317 : Nevill Street by Alexander P Kapp SD5422 : Golden Hill Lane approaching Station Brow by Ann Cook SD5221 : Crown of thorns by David Long

There are also the non-geographic postcode districts for specific compaines, PR0 and PR11 (post town PRESTON).


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