Postal addresses: a little history and a lot of photos

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The following pages show one image for each current geographical postcode district. In selecting the photos, I have tried not to feature the same photographer too many times (although I may exhibit a very slight bias towards my own pictures!). However, some contributors have covered certain areas very heavily so naturally their pictures will have come up in search results very often in those regions.

It is not intended to be a photo 'typical' of the area as such, as this would be virtually impossible. A typical postcode district for a provincial market town is likely to contain the town itself and many outlying villages. In these cases I have tended to pick an image that typifies the centre of the town itself – the marketplace, perhaps, or if a coastal resort the seafront. In the same way, for a district covering the suburbs of a large town, the selected image does not claim to represent the overall housing in the area. But it is an image I have picked because it seems to typify the general situation, if not the exact area.

I have provided a little commentary on the area covered, and any interesting quirks that are apparent from a postal point of view.

Most of all, I hope you enjoy perusing the variety of images taken from across these Isles.


The postcode area AB derives its name from the city of Aberdeen and, fairly straightforwardly, comprises the entirety of postal addresses in Aberdeenshire, Banffshire and Kincardineshire. (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.)

The AB area was reconfigured in August 1990, whereby the AB1, AB2, AB3, AB4 and AB5 areas were expanded to two-digit numbers beginning with the original single digit – AB1x, AB2x etc.

AB10-12 – postal address ABERDEEN
AB13 – postal address MILLTIMBER, Aberdeenshire
(separated from ABERDEEN in January 1996)
AB14 – postal address PETERCULTER, Aberdeenshire (separated from ABERDEEN in January 1996)
NJ9203 : Aberdeen - Holburn Street by Colin Smith NJ9406 : Aberdeen: the civic heart by Bill Harrison NJ9403 : Oil company offices by Lizzie NJ8501 : Housing in Milltimber by Lizzie NJ8300 : Peterculter village by Alan Findlay

AB15-16 – postal address ABERDEEN
NJ8903 : Solidly suburban by Bill Harrison NJ9108 : Housing estate, Cummings Park by Lizzie

AB21-25 – postal address ABERDEEN
NJ8909 : A96 at Bucksburn by Richard Slessor NJ9209 : Mill lade, Grandholm by Bill Harrison NJ9409 : Traffic on Ellon Road, Aberdeen by Richard Slessor NJ9308 : Aberdeen: St. Machar’s Cathedral by Chris Downer NJ9107 : Aberdeen Royal Infirmary by Lizzie

AB30 – postal address LAURENCEKIRK, Kincardineshire
AB31 – postal address BANCHORY, Kincardineshire
AB32 – postal address WESTHILL, Aberdeenshire
(replaced SKENE in January 1996)
AB33 – postal address ALFORD, Aberdeenshire
AB34 – postal address ABOYNE, Aberdeenshire
NO7171 : Laurencekirk High Street by Dominic Dawn Harry and Jacob Paterson NO6995 : High Street, Banchory by Stephen McKay NJ8206 : Brimmond Walk, Westhill by Keith Grinsted NJ5716 : Crossroads in Alford by Sandy Gemmill NO5298 : The Green and Charlestown Road by Gordon Hatton

AB35 – postal address BALLATER, Aberdeenshire
AB36 – postal address STRATHDON, Aberdeenshire
AB37 – postal address BALLINDALLOCH, Banffshire
AB38 – postal address ABERLOUR, Banffshire
AB39 – postal address STONEHAVEN, Kincardineshire
NO3795 : Ballater by Stanley Howe NJ3512 : New Church of Invernochty, Upper Donside by Stanley Howe NJ1736 : Ballindalloch Castle from the Water Garden by Ian Sharp NJ2642 : Garden overlooking Aberlour by alan souter NO8785 : Stonehaven Harbour by Richard Slessor

AB41 – postal address ELLON, Aberdeenshire
AB42 – postal address PETERHEAD, Aberdeenshire
AB43 – postal address FRASERBURGH, Aberdeenshire
AB44 – postal address MACDUFF, Banffshire
AB45 – postal address BANFF
NJ9530 : The Old Brig, Ellon by Colin Smith NK1346 : Trawlers at rest by Bill Harrison NJ9966 : Fraserburgh Harbour by Graeme Smith NJ7064 : Macduff: a view over the harbour by Chris Downer NJ6864 : Banff Harbour by Bob Jones

AB51 – postal address INVERURIE, Aberdeenshire
AB52 – postal address INSCH, Aberdeenshire
AB53 – postal address TURRIFF, Aberdeenshire
AB54 – postal address HUNTLY, Aberdeenshire
AB55 – postal address KEITH, Banffshire
AB56 – postal address BUCKIE, Banffshire
NJ7721 : Inverurie Town Hall by John Aldersey-Williams NJ6328 : Insch Village by Andrew Stuart NJ7249 : The Square by Anne Burgess
NJ5239 : Gordon Square, Huntly. by Colin Smith NJ4350 : Reidhaven Square by Anne Burgess NJ4266 : Buckie Harbour and Bin Hill by Chris S


AL is centred on St Albans, and the area covers central Hertfordshire.

AL1-AL4 – postal address ST. ALBANS, Herts.
AL5 – postal address HARPENDEN, Herts.

TL1407 : St. Albans: clock tower by Chris Downer TL1303 : How Wood: How Wood (1) by Nigel Cox TL1710 : St Leonard's church, Sandridge by Rob Hinkley TL1714 : Part of the High Street in Wheathampstead by Robert Edwards TL1314 : Harpenden Town Centre by Geographer

AL6 – postal address WELWYN, Herts.
AL7-8 – postal address WELWYN GARDEN CITY, Herts.
AL9-10 – postal address HATFIELD, Herts.

TL2316 : High Street, Welwyn, Herts by John Salmon TL2312 : Parkway - Welwyn Garden City. by Robin Hall TL2211 : Boathouse on Stanborough Lakes.  Welwyn Garden City. by Robin Hall TL2404 : Brookmans Park Village Green and shops by James Bentall TL2208 : High rise housing in Hatfield town centre by Robin Hall


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