Postal addresses: a little history and a lot of photos

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SE

The SE postcode area is one of the eight covering London and of course therefore stands for Southeast. 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.

In the case of SE, there are two alphabetical cycles from 2 to 18 and from 20 to 27. The SE28 area was created for the modern Thamesmead development, and the same sort of situation may have been the case for Norwood, SE19, which is similarly incorrectly positioned alphabetically.

Those original names are noted below in brackets.

All districts have the postal address LONDON.
SE1
SE2 (Abbey Wood)
SE3 (Blackheath)
SE4 (Brockley)
SE5 (Camberwell)
TQ3179 : Waterloo Station and the Shell Centre from London Eye by night by David Hawgood TQ4779 : Thamesmead tower blocks by Stephen Craven TQ3976 : All Saints' Church, Blackheath by Malc McDonald TQ3675 : Mini-roundabout, Brockley Rd by N Chadwick TQ3276 : Camberwell, town centre by Mike Faherty

SE6 (Catford)
SE7 (Charlton)
SE8 (Deptford)
SE9 (Eltham)
SE10 (Greenwich)
TQ3773 : Northeast on Catford Broadway by Robin Stott TQ4177 : Portway Gardens, tower blocks by Stephen Craven TQ3777 : The Thames Path by Deptford Creek by Steve Daniels TQ4273 : Eltham Palace by Jim Osley TQ3877 : Greenwich: looking over the Naval College by Chris Downer

SE11 (Kennington)
SE12 (Lee)
SE13 (Lewisham)
SE14 (New Cross)
SE15 (Peckham)
TQ3078 : River Thames and The Albert Embankment London by PAUL FARMER TQ4073 : Jevington Way, SE12 (2) by Mike Quinn TQ3875 : Lewisham High Street near Clock Tower by Danny P Robinson TQ3677 : New Cross: The New Cross House by Dr Neil Clifton TQ3476 : Rye Lane SE15 (2) by Danny P Robinson

SE16 (Rotherhithe)
SE17 (Walworth)
SE18 (Woolwich)
SE19 (Norwood)
TQ3679 : South Dock Marina by N Chadwick TQ3278 : East Street Market by Stacey Harris TQ4379 : Thames Clippers pier at Woolwich by Stephen Craven TQ3470 : Crystal Palace (rems of) by N Chadwick

SE20 (Anerley)
SE21 (Dulwich)
SE22 (East Dulwich)
SE23 (Forest Hill)
SE24 (Herne Hill)
TQ3570 : A213, Parish Lane by N Chadwick TQ3373 : Dulwich College by Stephen McKay TQ3474 : Dunstan's Road, East Dulwich by Malc McDonald TQ3573 : Netherby Road, SE23 by Malc McDonald TQ3174 : Railton Road, Herne Hill by Bill Boaden

SE25 (South Norwood)
SE26 (Sydenham)
SE27 (West Norwood)
SE28 (Thamesmead)
TQ3468 : Portland Road, South Norwood by Philip Talmage TQ3571 : Shops on Sydenham Road, Sydenham by Phil Champion TQ3171 : St Julian's Farm Road (6) by Stephen Richards TQ4680 : Thamesmead: The Harrow Canal by Nigel Cox

SG

The letters SG are based on Stevenage and this postcode area extends to eastern Bedfordshire as well as covering the bulk of Hertfordshire.

SG1-2 postal address STEVENAGE, Herts.
SG3 postal address KNEBWORTH, Herts.
SG4-5 postal address HITCHIN, Herts.
TL2324 : Stevenage Town Centre by Robin Hall TL2623 : Blackberry Mead, Stevenage by Alex McGregor TL2520 : Shops on London Road, Knebworth by JThomas TL1928 : Stevenage Road A602 by Chris Wheatley TL1829 : The junction of Hermitage Road, Queen Street and Walsworth Road, Hitchin by John Lucas

SG6 postal address LETCHWORTH GARDEN CITY, Herts.
(plain LETCHWORTH until 2003)
SG7 postal address BALDOCK, Herts.
SG8 postal address ROYSTON, Herts.
SG9 postal address BUNTINGFORD, Herts.
SG10 postal address MUCH HADHAM, Herts.
TL2132 : Letchworth Town Hall by Robin Hall TL2433 : Baldock High Street by Robin Hall TL3540 : High Street, Royston by Jo Edkins TL3629 : Historic buildings, Buntingford High Street by Jim Osley TL4219 : High Street, Much Hadham, Hertfordshire by Christine Matthews

SG11-12 postal address WARE, Herts.
SG13-14 postal address HERTFORD
TL3823 : Puckeridge High Street by Malc McDonald TL3514 : Ware High Street by roger geach TL3312 : Hertford: Villiers Street by Nigel Cox TL3212 : Fore Street, Hertford by Malc McDonald

SG15 postal address ARLESEY, Beds.
SG16 postal address HENLOW, Beds.
SG17 postal address SHEFFORD, Beds.
SG18 postal address BIGGLESWADE, Beds.
SG19 postal address SANDY, Beds.

TL1937 : Old houses on Church Lane in Arlesey by Robert Edwards TL1738 : Village centre, Henlow, Beds by Rodney Burton TL1439 : 'Black Swan', Shefford by David Kemp TL1944 : Biggleswade: the Market House by Chris Downer TL1749 : St Swithun's Church by Giles Keen

SK

The letters SK derive from Stockport and the area covers southeastern Greater Manchester, northeast Cheshire and northern Derbyshire. The STOCKPORT post town area used to extend rurally towards Chapel-en-le-Frith until that area of the Peaks was made a post town in its own right, HIGH PEAK.

NB In the Local Government Reorganisation of 1974, Greater Manchester was not adopted by Royal Mail and, as such, Cheshire remains the correct county name.

SK1-7 postal address STOCKPORT, Cheshire
SJ8990 : Deserted Stockport Market Place by Gerald England SJ9089 : Traffic light at junction, and business premises by Peter Barr SJ8889 : Castle Street, Edgeley by David Dixon SJ8790 : Norris Hill - Park Drive by Peter Whatley
SJ8993 : Houldsworth Square Memorial  (East face) by Gerald England SJ9688 : Canal and terraced housing at Marple Junction, Stockport by Roger  Kidd SJ9286 : London Road (A6), Hazel Grove by David Dixon

SK8 postal address CHEADLE, Cheshire
SK9 (part) postal address WILMSLOW, Cheshire
SK9 (part) postal address ALDERLEY EDGE, Cheshire
SK10-11 postal address MACCLESFIELD, Cheshire
SK12 postal address STOCKPORT, Cheshire
(again)
SJ8588 : Cheadle High Street by Gerald England SJ8481 : The Bank Square, Wilmslow by Steven Haslington SJ9173 : Outside the Town Hall, Macclesfield by Tricia Neal SJ9172 : Georgian terraced houses Park Lane, Macclesfield by Peter Turner SJ9183 : The Jubilee Fountain and Lamp Standard, Fountain Place by Mike Kirby

SK13 postal address GLOSSOP, Derbyshire
SK14 postal address HYDE, Cheshire
SK15 postal address STALYBRIDGE, Cheshire
SK16 postal address DUKINFIELD, Cheshire
SK0394 : Glossop, Norfolk Square & Town Hall by Alan Fleming SJ9494 : Typical British Summer by Gerald England SJ9698 : Stalybridge:  Canada geese on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal by Dr Neil Clifton SJ9397 : Dukinfield Town Hall by David Dixon

SK17 postal address BUXTON, Derbyshire
SK22-23 postal address HIGH PEAK, Derbyshire
(part of STOCKPORT, Cheshire, SK12 until July 1996)
SK0573 : Terrace Road, Buxton by Philip Halling SJ9985 : Torr Vale Mill, New Mills by Chris Allen SK0580 : Market Place, Chapel-en-le-Frith by Chris Morgan

SL

SL is based on Slough and this small postcode area includes the southern extremity of Buckinghamshire as well as the towns in east Berkshire. It has the relatively unusual distinction of having a zero area, SL0.

SL0 postal address IVER, Bucks.
SL1-3 postal address SLOUGH
SL4 postal address WINDSOR, Berks.
TQ0381 : High Street, Iver by David Howard SU9780 : Slough - Office block on Stoke Road by Peter Whatley SU9681 : Essex Avenue, Slough by Andrew Smith TQ0179 : Red brick houses, Meadfield Road, Langley by Richard Vince SU9673 : Windsor Great Park: looking along The Long Walk towards the castle by Chris Downer

SL5 postal address ASCOT, Berks.
SL6 postal address MAIDENHEAD, Berks.
SL7 postal address MARLOW, Bucks.
SL8 postal address BOURNE END, Bucks.
SL9 postal address GERRARDS CROSS, Bucks.

SU9269 : Aerial photograph of Ascot Racecourse by Oxyman SU8880 : Maidenhead Clock Tower by Des Blenkinsopp SU8586 : The Thames at Marlow by Philip Halling SU8987 : River Thames by N Chadwick TQ0088 : This is Gerrards Cross town centre {to my mind} by Jack Hill

There is also the non-geographic postcode district for Royal Mail, SL95 (post town SLOUGH).

SM

The SM area is based on Sutton and the 'M' can be explained in that the letters actually refer to Sutton and Merton, the latter a London Borough largely covered by this area.

NB Within Greater London, the old county names retained for postal purposes in those parts outside the London postal area. Therefore, Surrey remains the correct county name postally.

SM1-3 postal address SUTTON, Surrey
TQ2564 : Sutton High Street by Stephen McKay TQ2562 : Station Road, Belmont, Surrey by Dr Neil Clifton TQ2463 : Cheam Village - The Broadway by Colin Smith

SM4 postal address MORDEN, Surrey
SM5 postal address CARSHALTON, Surrey
SM6 postal address WALLINGTON, Surrey
SM7 postal address BANSTEAD, Surrey

TQ2568 : London Road, Morden by Martin Addison TQ2764 : All Saints Church, Carshalton, Surrey by Dr Neil Clifton TQ2863 : Woodcote Road, Wallington by Rich Tea TQ2559 : High Street, Banstead by Stacey Harris

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