Postal addresses: a little history and a lot of photos

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BN

BN refers to Brighton, and includes the western East Sussex and eastern West Sussex. The district BN4 was split at some stage into several districts numbered in the fortysomethings.

BN1-2 postal address BRIGHTON
BN3 postal address HOVE, E. Sussex
TQ3104 : Royal Pavilion by Simon Carey TQ3702 : Rottingdean Beach - Westwards by David Eldridge TQ2804 : Lifeguard Post, Hove Beach by Simon Carey

BN5 postal address HENFIELD, W. Sussex
BN6 postal address HASSOCKS, W. Sussex
BN7-8 postal address LEWES, E. Sussex
TQ2115 : High Street, Henfield by Ian Cunliffe TQ3015 : Orion Parade, Keymer Road by Simon Carey TQ4110 : Lewes Castle Barbican Tower by Tim Knight TQ4412 : War memorial, Ringmer by Simon Carey

BN9 postal address NEWHAVEN, E. Sussex
BN10 postal address PEACEHAVEN, E. Sussex
(separated from NEWHAVEN in May 1990)
BN11-14 postal address WORTHING, W. Sussex
TQ4400 : Newhaven: the fort and the port by Chris Downer TQ4000 : 0° by Chris Downer
TQ1502 : Sunset at Worthing Pier by Dave Tanner TQ1101 : Beach at Goring- by- Sea by Pam Brophy TQ1003 : View of Durrington-on-Sea area by Pam Brophy TQ1205 : Ye John Selden, Salvington Road by Peter Holmes

BN15 postal address LANCING, W. Sussex
BN16-17 postal address LITTLEHAMPTON, W. Sussex
BN18 postal address ARUNDEL, W. Sussex
TQ1803 : Worthing to Shoreham cycle track by Peter Holmes TQ0701 : East Preston Dinghy Club by Janine Forbes TQ0301 : Littlehampton: beach by Chris Downer TQ0107 : Arundel Castle by Derek Bradley

BN20-23 postal address EASTBOURNE, E. Sussex
TV5999 : The Manor House, Old Town , Eastbourne, East Sussex by Kevin Gordon TV6299 : Choppy seas off Eastbourne by Chris Downer TQ6200 : Bexhill Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex by Kevin Gordon TQ6202 : Langney Shopping Centre by Simon Carey

BN24 postal address PEVENSEY, E. Sussex
BN25 postal address SEAFORD, E. Sussex
BN26 postal address POLEGATE, E. Sussex
BN27 postal address HAILSHAM, E. Sussex
TQ6404 : Pevensey Castle by Pete Chapman TV4898 : Seaford beach by Peter Jordan TQ5804 : Brook Street, Polegate by Simon Carey TQ5809 : Hailsham Free Church, Western Road, Hailsham by Simon Carey

BN41-42 postal address BRIGHTON
BN43 postal address SHOREHAM-BY-SEA, W. Sussex
BN44 postal address STEYNING, W. Sussex
BN45 postal address BRIGHTON

TQ2506 : Portslade Village by Simon Carey TQ2405 : The Green, Southwick by Simon Carey TQ2104 : River Adur from Shoreham Footbridge by Bob Embleton TQ1711 : Steyning High Street by Andy Potter TQ2612 : Holy Trinity Church by Simon Carey

There are also the non-geographic postcode areas BN88 and 99 (post town BRIGHTON) reserved for specific large users.

BR

The postcode area BR is in southeast London, centred on Bromley. The addresses within Greater London but outside the London postcode areas still allude to their historical counties, so Kent is still the correct county name.

BR1, BR2 (part) postal address BROMLEY
BR2 (part) postal address KESTON, Kent
BR3 postal address BECKENHAM, Kent
BR4 postal address WEST WICKHAM, Kent
TQ4069 : High Street, Bromley, Kent by Stacey Harris TQ4164 : Drinking fountain at Keston Village BR2 by Philip Talmage TQ3769 : Beckenham Green by cobworks TQ3866 : The Railway, Red Lodge Road, West Wickham by Roger Entwistle

BR5-6 postal address ORPINGTON, Kent
BR7 postal address CHISLEHURST, Kent
BR8 postal address SWANLEY, Kent

TQ4565 : Lynwood House by Ian Capper TQ4467 : Station Square, Petts Wood by Stacey Harris TQ4370 : High Street, Chislehurst by Stacey Harris TQ5168 : Shopping Centre, London Road, Swanley by Stacey Harris

BS

BS stands for Bristol, in postcode terms. It covers a fair distance north and south of the city the Bristol post town extends northwards to Thornbury while the post towns WESTON-SUPER-MARE, CHEDDAR and WEDMORE to the south also come under BS.

The former, more rural, BS12 and BS17-19 districts of the BRISTOL post town have been changed to the 30s and 40s in recent years.

NB The Royal Mail ceased the requirement for county names on addresses in 1996 and these were not updated after local government reorganisation of the following year. The county Avon therefore remains the correct postal county for BRISTOL and the others shown as such. (Since BRISTOL did not historically require the county name beforehand, though, it is omitted here.)

BS1-11 postal address BRISTOL
ST5872 : Bristol: cathedral behind fountain by Chris Downer ST6072 : Feeder Canal, Silverthorne Lane Footbridge by Pierre Terre ST5871 : East Street, Bedminster by Chris Heaton ST6170 : No 24 b - Talbot Road Allotments by Linda Bailey
ST6273 : Early morning in St. George Park by Duncan Gammon ST5874 : Kersteman Road, Bristol by Eirian Evans ST6075 : Railway bridge over the Muller Road by Linda Bailey ST5673 : Clifton Suspension Bridge from Black Rock by John Phillips
ST5777 : Westbury-on-Trym Methodist Church by Linda Bailey ST5678 : Henbury Village Hall by Linda Bailey ST5178 : CWS Flour Mills, Avonmouth by Brian Robert Marshall

BS13-16 postal address BRISTOL
BS20 postal address BRISTOL
ST5768 : Bishopsworth, Bristol, St Peter's Church by ChurchCrawler ST6169 : Little Switzerland by Peter Goodwin ST6473 : Regent Street Kingswood, looking east past the clock by Colin S Pearson ST6576 : Looking along Burley Grove by Linda Bailey ST4676 : Stonework Architectural by MDS

BS21 postal address CLEVEDON, Avon
BS22-24 postal address WESTON-SUPER-MARE, Avon
BS25 postal address WINSCOMBE, Avon
(separated from BRISTOL in July 1997)
ST4071 : Clevedon Pier by Nick Signal ST3562 : Worle High Street by Adrian and Janet Quantock ST3161 : The Grand Pier by Sharon Loxton ST3358 : Aller Parade by Adrian and Janet Quantock ST4257 : Woodborough Road   Winscombe by Adrian and Janet Quantock

BS26 postal address AXBRIDGE, Somerset
BS27 postal address CHEDDAR, Somerset
BS28 postal address WEDMORE, Somerset
BS29 postal address BANWELL, Avon
(separated from WESTON-SUPER-MARE, BS24, in July 1997)
ST4354 : High Street by Mike Smith ST4653 : Cheddar by Pam Brophy ST4347 : WEDMORE, Somerset by ChurchCrawler ST3959 : Banwell Village Bowling Green by Adrian and Janet Quantock

BS30-32 postal address BRISTOL
BS34-37 postal address BRISTOL
ST6769 : View from King's Square, Bitton. by Paul Wigmore ST6568 : Keynsham High Street by Roger Cornfoot ST6082 : Newer Offices off entrance to Aztec West park. by Steve  Fareham
ST6279 : Bristol Parkway Station by Linda Bailey ST6390 : St. Mary's Church, Thornbury & The Castle by Ken Wilkins ST6580 : Flaxpits - The village pond at Winterbourne by John Phillips ST7281 : Chipping Sodbury special technical school by Roger Cornfoot

BS39-41 postal address BRISTOL
BS48-49 postal address BRISTOL

ST6258 : The Temple Inn, Temple Cloud by Dominic Dawn Harry and Jacob Paterson ST5763 : Chew Magna by Tim ST5370 : Long Ashton by ChurchCrawler ST4870 : Expanding Nailsea by Adrian and Janet Quantock ST4363 : Congresbury Cross by FollowMeChaps

There are also the non-geographic postcode areas BS98-99 (post town BRISTOL) reserved for specific large users.

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