Postal addresses: a little history and a lot of photos

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The BT postcode area is based on Belfast and covers the whole of Northern Ireland. It has a curiosity in the postcode district BT80 (COOKSTOWN), which is squeezed into two separate parts by its neighbours, BT71 to the south and BT45 to the north.

BT1-17 postal address BELFAST
J3374 : Belfast: City Hall dome and beyond by Chris Downer J3373 : Great Victoria Street, Belfast by Kenneth  Allen J3575 : The most famous cranes in Belfast [1] by Rossographer J3775 : Station Road, Sydenham by Wilson Adams
J3673 : The Beersbridge Road, Belfast by Albert Bridge J3572 : Woodstock House, Belfast (2) by Albert Bridge J3472 : The Ormeau Bridge by Paul McIlroy J3569 : Newtownbreda Road, Belfast by Rossographer
J3271 : Cadogan Park, Belfast by Rossographer J3069 : Upper Lisburn Road, Belfast by Rossographer J2971 : The Andersonstown Road by Paul McIlroy J3173 : West Belfast by Kenneth  Allen
J3274 : A view south along the Lower Shankill Road by Eric Jones J3175 : The Crumlin Road (2) by Paul McIlroy J3375 : Belfast: Clifton House by Chris Downer J4374 : The Carrowreagh Road, Dundonald - April 2014(2) by Albert Bridge J2869 : The Rocket by Paul McIlroy

BT18 postal address HOLYWOOD, Co. Down
BT19-20 postal address BANGOR, Co. Down
BT21 postal address DONAGHADEE, Co. Down
J3979 : The Esplanade, Kinnegar, Holywood by Rossographer J4583 : Helen's Bay Beach by Michael Parry J5082 : Bangor: the harbour by Chris Downer J5979 : The Parade, Donaghadee by Albert Bridge

BT22-23 postal address NEWTOWNARDS, Co. Down
BT24 postal address BALLYNAHINCH, Co. Down
BT25 postal address DROMORE, Co. Down
J4973 : Newtownards Priory by Dennis Reynolds J4263 : New housing on the edge of Ballygowan by Jonathan Billinger J3652 : Ballynahinch, County Down by Kenneth  Allen J2053 : Dromore Cathedral by Brian Shaw

BT26 postal address HILLSBOROUGH, Co. Down
BT27-28 postal address LISBURN, Co. Antrim
BT29 postal address CRUMLIN, Co. Antrim
BT30 postal address DOWNPATRICK, Co. Down
J2458 : Main Street, Hillsborough by Robert Ashby J2664 : An Almost Deserted Street by Wilson Adams J1267 : Lower Ballinderry Road, Lower Ballinderry by Dean Molyneaux J1576 : Crumlin Presbyterian Church by Brian Shaw J4844 : Down Cathedral by Albert Bridge

BT31 postal address CASTLEWELLAN, Co. Down
BT32 postal address BANBRIDGE, Co. Down
BT33 postal address NEWCASTLE, Co. Down
BT34-35 postal address NEWRY, Co. Down
J3436 : Castlewellan - replica of Drumgooland High Cross by Kevin O'Kane J1246 : Dromore Street, Banbridge by Albert Bridge J3829 : Newcastle harbour (2) by Albert Bridge J0826 : Newry Cathedral by HENRY CLARK H9227 : Village Centre - Newtownhamilton by T Michael Weddle

BT36-37 postal address NEWTOWNABBEY, Co. Antrim
BT38 postal address CARRICKFERGUS, Co. Antrim
BT39 postal address BALLYCLARE, Co. Antrim
BT40 postal address LARNE, Co. Antrim
J3283 : Carnmoney Village by Dean Molyneaux J3580 : Whitehouse Lagoon by Wilson Adams J4187 : Carrickfergus castle by Chris Downer J2891 : Ballyclare, County Antrim by Kenneth  Allen D4002 : 1500 ft High! above Larne Town by Wilson Adams

BT41 postal address ANTRIM
BT42-44 postal address BALLYMENA, Co. Antrim
BT45 postal address MAGHERAFELT, Co. Londonderry
J1486 : Riverside, Antrim (1) by Albert Bridge J1496 : Village of Connor by Robert Ashby D1003 : Ballymena Town Hall by Lisa Jarvis D2427 : Limerick Point by Anne Burgess H8990 : Magherafelt, County Derry / Londonderry by Kenneth  Allen

BT46 postal address MAGHERA, Co. Londonderry
BT47-48 postal address LONDONDERRY
BT49 postal address LIMAVADY, Co. Londonderry
C8500 : Ulster Bank, Maghera by Kenneth  Allen C4416 : Spencer Road, Derry / Londonderry by Kenneth  Allen C4316 : Guildhall, Derry / Londonderry by Kenneth  Allen C6722 : Limavady, Derry/Londonderry by Kenneth  Allen

BT51-52 postal address COLERAINE, Co. Londonderry
BT53 postal address BALLYMONEY, Co. Antrim
BT54 postal address BALLYCASTLE, Co. Antrim
BT55 postal address PORTSTEWART, Co. Londonderry
C8415 : Garvagh Village by Kenneth  Allen C8432 : Town Hall, Coleraine by Colin Park C9425 : Ballymoney Town Hall by Willie Duffin D1241 : Ballycastle Harbour by Kay Atherton C8138 : Portstewart Harbour by Bob Jones

BT56 postal address PORTRUSH, Co. Antrim
BT57 postal address BUSHMILLS, Co. Antrim
BT60-61 postal address ARMAGH
C8540 : Portrush: lifeboat in harbour by Chris Downer C9440 : Bushmills town centre by Kenneth  Allen H8843 : A28 Newry Road, Armagh by Kenneth  Allen H8745 : St Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh by Brian Shaw

BT62-67 postal address CRAIGAVON, Co. Armagh
(was LURGAN and PORTADOWN until 1973)
J0153 : William Street Portadown by HENRY CLARK J0254 : Eden Villa Park, Bachelors Walk, Portadown by P Flannagan J0356 : Ulsterbus, Highfield Road, Craigavon by P Flannagan J0655 : Moyraverty West Road, Craigavon by P Flannagan J0858 : Lurgan Town Hall, Union Street, Lurgan by P Flannagan J1258 : Magheralin Parish Church by Brian Shaw

BT68 postal address CALEDON, Co. Tyrone
BT69 postal address AUGHNACLOY, Co. Tyrone
BT70-71 postal address DUNGANNON, Co. Tyrone
H7545 : Caledon, County Tyrone by Kenneth  Allen H6652 : Aughnacloy, County Tyrone by Kenneth  Allen H7665 : Donaghmore, County Tyrone by Kenneth  Allen H8062 : Church of St Patrick, Dungannon by Linda Bailey

BT74 postal address ENNISKILLEN, Co. Fermanagh
BT75 postal address FIVEMILETOWN, Co. Tyrone
BT76 postal address CLOGHER, Co. Tyrone
BT77 postal address AUGHER, Co. Tyrone
H2344 : Enniskillen: castle and river by Chris Downer H4447 : Fivemiletown by Kenneth  Allen H5451 : Clogher by Kenneth  Allen H5653 : Augher, County Tyrone by Kenneth  Allen

BT78-79 postal address OMAGH, Co. Tyrone
BT80 postal address COOKSTOWN, Co. Tyrone
BT81 postal address CASTLEDERG, Co. Tyrone
BT82 postal address STRABANE, Co. Londonderry
H4085 : River Strule, Newtownstewart by Kenneth  Allen H4572 : Omagh - market town of County Tyrone by Kenneth  Allen H8178 : Cookstown looking North by Linda Bailey H2684 : Castlederg, County Tyrone by Kenneth  Allen H3497 : Strabane, County Tyrone by Kenneth  Allen

BT92-94 postal address ENNISKILLEN, Co. Fermanagh
H3634 : Maggie May's by Brian Shaw G9459 : Belleek, County Fermanagh by Kenneth  Allen H2652 : Ballinamallard, County Fermanagh by Kenneth  Allen

There are also the non-geographic postcode areas BT58 and 99 (post town BELFAST) reserved for specific large users.


The postcode area CA is the most northwesterly in England, centred on Carlisle and comprising the northern Lake District to the Scottish border.

CA1-6 postal address CARLISLE
NY4055 : Earl Street, Carlisle by Rose and Trev Clough NY3954 : Bridge Terrace, Denton Holme by Stephen McKay NY3955 : Carlisle Cathedral by Danny P Robinson NY4654 : Killoran Hotel and village green at Wetheral by Roy Douglas NY1441 : St Kentigern's Church, Aspatria by Alexander P Kapp NY3868 : English Street, Longtown by Oliver Dixon

CA7 postal address WIGTON, Cumbria
CA8 postal address BRAMPTON, Cumbria
CA9 postal address ALSTON, Cumbria
CA10-11 postal address PENRITH, Cumbria
NY2548 : The Monument, Wigton by Nigel Monckton NY5361 : Moot Hall, Brampton by Maigheach-gheal NY7146 : Alston by Carl Bendelow NY5615 : Shap. by Steve Partridge NY5130 : Market Square, Penrith by Nick Mutton

CA12 postal address KESWICK, Cumbria
CA13 postal address COCKERMOUTH, Cumbria
CA14 postal address WORKINGTON, Cumbria
CA15 postal address MARYPORT, Cumbria
NY2623 : Market Square, Keswick by Roger Cornfoot NY1230 : Cockermouth Main Street by Humphrey Bolton NX9929 : River Derwent from Town Quay, Workington by Alexander P Kapp NY0336 : Maryport Harbour by Pat Pierpoint

CA16 postal address APPLEBY-IN-WESTMORLAND, Cumbria
CA17 postal address KIRKBY STEPHEN, Cumbria
CA18 postal address RAVENGLASS, Cumbria
CA19 postal address HOLMROOK, Cumbria
CA20 postal address SEASCALE, Cumbria
NY6820 : Appleby Market Square by Carl Bendelow NY7708 : Kirkby Stephen by Carl Bendelow SD0896 : Ravenglass by John Gibson SD0799 : River Irt outside Holmrook by Espresso Addict NY0301 : Seascale shoreline by Peter Eckersley

CA21 postal address BECKERMET, Cumbria
CA22 postal address EGREMONT, Cumbria
CA23 postal address CLEATOR, Cumbria
CA24 postal address MOOR ROW, Cumbria
NY0106 : Village Church, Beckermet by Nigel Monckton NY0110 : Egremont Town hall by H Stamper NY0113 : River Ehen, Cleator by Dave Dunford NY0014 : Road bridge over C2C Cycleway by John Holmes

CA25 postal address CLEATOR MOOR, Cumbria
CA26 postal address FRIZINGTON, Cumbria
CA27 postal address ST. BEES, Cumbria
CA28 postal address WHITEHAVEN, Cumbria

NY0115 : Cleator Moor Main road Junction. by John Holmes NY0317 : Frizington Junior School. by John Holmes NX9711 : St. Bees by Dave Dunford NX9718 : Whitehaven Harbour by Phil Williams

There is also the non-geographic postcode area CA95 (post town WORKINGTON) reserved for a specific large user.


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