Postal addresses: a little history and a lot of photos

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RG are the first and last letters of Reading and this populous postcode area covers Berkshire (west of Bracknell), northern Hampshire and also includes the HENLEY-ON-THAMES post town in Oxfordshire. Numbering runs slightly haphazardly due to some capacity increasing changes, such as RG3 being split into 30 and 31, and RG12 (BRACKNELL) split into 12 and 42.

RG1-2 – postal address READING
RG4-8 – postal address READING
SU7173 : Friar Street by Des Blenkinsopp SU7170 : Hartland Road, Whitley by Andrew Smith SU7175 : Caversham by Rosalind Mitchell SU7672 : School Drive and Nightingale Road by Des Blenkinsopp
SU7570 : Swepstone Close, Lower Earley by Andrew Smith SU6067 : Cottages by the canal by Bill Nicholls SU6376 : Whitchurch from the toll bridge by Graham Horn

RG9 – postal address HENLEY-ON-THAMES, Oxon.
RG10 – postal address READING
RG12 – postal address BRACKNELL, Berks.
RG14 – postal address NEWBURY, Berks.
SU7682 : Bridge/Border at Henley On Thames by Kurt C SU7875 : High Street in Twyford by Steve Daniels SU8769 : Charles Square, Bracknell by Stephen Richards SU4767 : A busy Saturday afternoon in Newbury town centre (e) by Basher Eyre

RG17 – postal address HUNGERFORD, Berks.
(separated from NEWBURY, RG16 and part of 15, in Jan. 1995)
RG18 – postal address THATCHAM, Berks.
(separated from NEWBURY, RG16 and part of 15, in Jan. 1995)
RG19 – postal address THATCHAM, Berks.
(separated from NEWBURY in Jan. 1995)
RG20 – postal address NEWBURY, Berks.
SU3368 : "Rose of Hungerford" at Hungerford Wharf by Graham Horn SU5167 : Thatcham: The Broadway by Chris Downer SU5168 : Thatcham Sky by Rosa Foulger SU4981 : Village Pond: East Ilsley by Pam Brophy

RG21-25 – postal address BASINGSTOKE, Hants.
SU6352 : Basingstoke - Skyline by Chris Talbot SU6049 : Harris Hill - Beggarwood by ad acta SU5750 : Oakley:  Village Pond by Dr Neil Clifton SU6652 : The Street, Old Basing by Derek Harper SU5149 : Crossroads in the centre of Overton by Peter Jordan

RG26 – postal address TADLEY, Hants.
(separated from BASINGSTOKE in Jan. 1995)
RG27 – postal address HOOK, Hants.
(separated from BASINGSTOKE in Jan. 1995)
RG28 – postal address WHITCHURCH, Hants.
RG29 – postal address HOOK, Hants.
(separated from BASINGSTOKE in Jan. 1995)
SU5961 : Leading to... by ad acta SU7254 : Hook: A30 towards Hartley Wintney by scillystuff SU4648 : Whitchurch:  Town Centre by Dr Neil Clifton SU7450 : Houses opposite the parish church by Basher Eyre

RG30-31 – postal address READING
RG40-41 – postal address WOKINGHAM, Berks.
RG42 – postal address BRACKNELL, Berks.
RG45 – postal address CROWTHORNE, Berks.

SU6873 : Post box at junction of Windrush Way and Water Road by Roger Templeman SU6673 : Tilehurst War Memorial by Des Blenkinsopp SU8068 : Wokingham centre by Gareth James
SU7969 : Gated development off Chestnut Avenue by john bristow SU8471 : Rose Hill, Binfield by Andrew Smith SU8464 : Crowthorne by Anthony Eden


The letters RH stand for Redhill and, as well as covering that part of Surrey around Dorking, includes the bulk of northern West Sussex. It also sneaks into East Sussex at Forest Row.

RH1 – postal address REDHILL
RH2 – postal address REIGATE, Surrey
RH3 – postal address BETCHWORTH, Surrey
(and a little bit of RH4)
RH4-5 – postal address DORKING, Surrey
TQ2750 : High Street, Redhill by Rib TQ2550 : Junction of Bell Street and High Street by Ian Capper TQ2149 : Betchworth House and Hartsfield Manor by Ian Capper TQ1649 : Dorking from Box Hill by Ian Capper TQ0947 : Clock at Abinger Hammer by Peter Trimming

RH6 (part) – postal address HORLEY, Surrey
RH6 (part) – postal address GATWICK, Surrey
(HORLEY until 1982)
RH7 – postal address LINGFIELD, Surrey
RH8 – postal address OXTED, Surrey
RH9 – postal address GODSTONE, Surrey
RH10-11 – postal address CRAWLEY, W. Sussex
TQ2741 : Early morning, Gatwick Airport, stand 49L by Robin Webster TQ3843 : Lingfield, Surrey by Peter Trimming TQ3952 : Station Road West, Oxted by Stephen Craven
TQ3451 : Bad Light Stopped Play by Kurseong Carl TQ2737 : Punch Copse Road, Three Bridges by Stacey Harris TQ2636 : The White Hart Crawley by Glyn Baker

RH12-13 – postal address HORSHAM, W. Sussex
RH14 – postal address BILLINGSHURST, W. Sussex
RH15 – postal address BURGESS HILL, W. Sussex
TQ1730 : Old Town Hall in Market Square by Andy Potter TQ2122 : Margaret Cottages (Front View) by Simon Carey TQ0825 : Level Crossing by Billingshurst Station by N Chadwick TQ3118 : Station Road, Burgess Hill, Sussex by Peter Trimming

RH16-17 – postal address HAYWARDS HEATH, W. Sussex
RH18 – postal address FOREST ROW, E. Sussex
RH19 – postal address EAST GRINSTED, W. Sussex
RH20 – postal address PULBOROUGH, W. Sussex

TQ3324 : Commercial Square by Simon Carey TQ3024 : High Street Cuckfield by Dave Spicer TQ4235 : View of Forest Row by David Howard TQ3938 : Whitehall, East Grinstead by Dr Neil Clifton TQ0518 : Footpaths to Pulborough by Simon Carey

There is also the non-geographic postcode district, RH77 (post town CRAWLEY).


The RM postcode area derives from Romford and is a smaller than average one, extending to Tilbury on the Thames estuary.

The addresses within Greater London but outside the London postcode areas still allude to their historical counties, so Essex is still the correct county name even for those towns not in Essex.

RM1-5 – postal address ROMFORD
TQ5188 : South street Romford by william TQ5289 : A118 Main Road, Gidea Park by Geographer TQ5491 : Gooshays Drive, Harold Hill by Malc McDonald TQ5193 : Village Green, Havering-atte-Bower, Romford, Essex by John Winfield TQ4991 : Collier Row Road, Collier Row by John Salmon

RM6-7 – postal address ROMFORD
RM8-10 – postal address DAGENHAM, Essex
TQ4788 : St Chad's Park by Glyn Baker TQ5088 : The Rotunda by Glyn Baker TQ4786 : Valence Avenue, Becontree by Geographer TQ4884 : Hedgemans Road, Dagenham by Stacey Harris TQ4985 : “Homes Fit for Heroes”  Dagenham by Glyn Baker

RM11-12 – postal address HORNCHURCH, Essex
RM13 – postal address RAINHAM, Essex
RM14 – postal address UPMINSTER, Essex
RM15 – postal address SOUTH OCKENDON, Essex
TQ5387 : Langtons House Lake by Des Blenkinsopp TQ5386 : Abbs Cross Lane, Hornchurch, Essex by John Winfield TQ5282 : Rainham War Memorial and Clock Tower by N Chadwick TQ5686 : Shopping Parade, St. Marys Lane, Upminster, Essex by John Winfield TQ5680 : Aveley - Ship Lane meets the High Street by Robin Webster

RM16-17 – postal address GRAYS, Essex
RM18 – postal address TILBURY, Essex
RM19 – postal address PURFLEET, Essex
(separated from GRAYS, RM16, in January 1995)
RM20 – postal address GRAYS, Essex
(separated from RM16 in January 1995)
TQ6280 : Mini Roundabout on Long Lane, Little Thurrock by David Anstiss TQ6177 : Thameside View from Columbia Wharf by N Chadwick TQ6476 : Tilbury Civic Square and War Memorial by Glyn Baker TQ5578 : Harrisons Wharf at Purfleet by Nick Smith TQ5879 : Arena Essex, Lakeside Karting and Lakeside Shopping Centre by terry joyce


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