E postcode area

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Coordinates: 51°32′42″N0°00′50″W / 51.545°N 0.014°W / 51.545; -0.014
CountryUnited Kingdom
Postcode area
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Postcode area name
London E
Post towns 1
Postcode districts 22
Postcode sectors108
Postcodes (live)16,260
Postcodes (total)28,280
Statistics as at May 2020 [1]

The E (Eastern) postcode area, also known as the London E postcode area, [2] is the part of the London post town covering much of the east of Greater London, England as well as Sewardstone and Sewardstonebury, Essex. It borders the N postcode area to the west, both north of the tidal Thames. Since closure of the East London mail centre its mail is sorted at Romford Mail Centre together with IG and RM postcode areas.

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Postal administration

The current E postcode area was originally formed in 1866 as a merger of the E and NE areas, which had been created in 1858. In 1917, the postal districts were numbered alphabetically by their most important parish, chapelry, topographical or built environment feature. [3] As of 2004, the district names do not form part of the postal address. [2] High demand caused sector 9 of the E1 postcode district to be split and recoded in 1999 to create an E1W postcode district around Wapping, [4] but the rest of the district did not gain an additional character. When districts are used for purposes other than the sorting of mail, such as use as a geographic reference and on street signs, E1 and E1W continue to be commonly classed as one 'district'. The E postcode area contains two non-geographic postcode districts for high-volume business users, E77 and E98. [5]

The Eastern District Office is on Whitechapel Road and was the eastern terminus for the former London Post Office Railway, which has been mothballed since 2003. The railway ran 10.5 kilometres (6.5 mi) to the Paddington Head District Sorting Office.

The E20 postcode has been used fictionally in television soap-opera EastEnders since 1985. It has been a real postcode since 2011 carved from and only bordered by the E15 postcode, its buildings marketed as and often self-identifying as Olympic Park and Queen Elizabeth Park. It includes landmark sports venues built for the 2012 Summer Olympics. [6]

List of postcode districts

The approximate coverage of the postcode districts,[ original research? ] with the historic postal district names [7] [8] in italics, is as follows:

Postcode district Post town CoverageLocal authority area(s)
E1LONDONEastern head district: Aldgate (part), Bishopsgate (part), Whitechapel, Shoreditch (part), Spitalfields, Shadwell, Limehouse, Stepney, Mile End (part), Portsoken Tower Hamlets, Hackney, City of London
E1WLONDONWapping district: Wapping, St Katharine Docks, Stepney (part), Shadwell (part), Whitechapel (part)Tower Hamlets
E2LONDONBethnal Green district: Bethnal Green, Haggerston, Hoxton (part), Shoreditch (part), Cambridge Heath, Globe Town Tower Hamlets, Hackney
E3LONDONBow district: Bow, Bow Common, Bromley-by-Bow, Old Ford, Mile End (part), Fish Island, Hackney Wick (part), South Bromley, Mill Meads (part)Tower Hamlets, Newham
E4LONDONChingford district: Chingford, Sewardstone, Highams Park, Upper Edmonton (part), Woodford Green (part)Waltham Forest, Enfield, Epping Forest (Essex)
E5LONDONClapton district: Leyton (Part), Upper Clapton, Lower Clapton, Stoke Newington (part)Hackney, Waltham Forest
E6LONDONEast Ham district: East Ham, Beckton, Upton Park (part), Barking (part)Newham, Barking and Dagenham
E7LONDONForest Gate district: Forest Gate, Leytonstone (Part), Stratford (part)Newham, Waltham Forest
E8LONDONHackney district: Hackney Central, Dalston, London Fields, Stoke Newington (part)Hackney
E9LONDONHomerton district: Homerton, Hackney Wick, South Hackney, Hackney Marshes, Victoria Park Hackney, Tower Hamlets
E10LONDONLeyton district: Leyton, Temple Mills, Hackney Marshes (part) Upper Clapton (part), Walthamstow Marshes Waltham Forest, Hackney
E11LONDONLeytonstone district: Leytonstone, Wanstead, Aldersbrook (part), Snaresbrook, Cann Hall Waltham Forest, Redbridge
E12LONDONManor Park district: Manor Park, Little Ilford, Aldersbrook (part)Newham, Redbridge
E13LONDONPlaistow district: Plaistow, West Ham (part), Upton Park (part)Newham
E14LONDONPoplar district: Poplar, Isle of Dogs, Limehouse, Canary Wharf, Millwall, Blackwall, Cubitt Town, South Bromley, North Greenwich, Leamouth Tower Hamlets
E15LONDONStratford district: Stratford, West Ham (part), Maryland, Leyton (part), Leytonstone (part) Temple Mills (part), Hackney Wick (part), Bow (part)Newham, Waltham Forest, Hackney, Tower Hamlets
E16LONDONVictoria Docks and North Woolwich district: Canning Town, Silvertown, Royal Docks, North Woolwich, Beckton (part), Custom House, London City Airport Newham
E17LONDONWalthamstow district: Walthamstow, Upper Walthamstow, Leyton (part)Waltham Forest
E18LONDONWoodford and South Woodford district: Woodford, South Woodford Redbridge
E20LONDONOlympic Park district: Olympic Park, & parts of Stratford, Homerton, Leyton, Bow Newham, Waltham Forest, Hackney, Tower Hamlets
E77LONDON Non-geographic postcode district (NatWest, delivers to E1)Tower Hamlets
E98LONDONNon-geographic postcode district (News International, delivers to E1W)Tower Hamlets

Boundaries

The E1 postcode district is bounded by the River Thames to the south. Postcode districts E6, E14 and E16 also have river frontages in the south. The River Roding and the North Circular Road form part of the boundary in the east. The postcode area is roughly the combined area of the London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Newham and Waltham Forest. Also, the eastern part of the London Borough of Hackney, the western sections of the London Boroughs of Redbridge (E11, E12, E18) and Barking and Dagenham (E6) and a small part of the Epping Forest District, Essex (E4), are within the postcode area.

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    E postcode area map, showing postcode districts in red and post towns in grey text, with links to nearby EC, EN, IG, N and SE postcode areas.

    The postcode area excludes parts of East London like the following:

    See also

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    The London postal district is the area in England of 241 square miles (620 km2) to which mail addressed to the London post town is delivered. The General Post Office under the control of the Postmaster General directed Sir Rowland Hill to devise the area in 1856 and throughout its history it has been subject to reorganisation and division into increasingly smaller postal units, with the early loss of two compass points and a minor retraction in 1866. It was integrated by the Post Office into the national postcode system of the United Kingdom during the early 1970s and corresponds to the N, NW, SW, SE, W, WC, E and EC postcode areas. The postal district has also been known as the London postal area. The County of London was much smaller, at 117 square miles (300 km2), but Greater London is much larger at 607 square miles (1,570 km2).

    W postcode area Postcode area within the United Kingdom

    The W postcode area, also known as the London W postcode area is a group of postcode districts covering part of central and part of West London, England. The area originates from the Western (W1) and Paddington (W2-14) districts of the London postal district. This area covers 35 postcode districts and around 18,554 live postcodes.

    RM postcode area Postcode area within the United Kingdom

    The RM postcode area, also known as the Romford postcode area, is a group of twenty postcode districts in south-east England, within nine post towns. These cover parts of eastern Greater London and south-west Essex. Inward mail for the area is sorted, along with mail for the E and IG postcode areas, at the Romford Mail Centre.

    IG postcode area Postcode area within the United Kingdom

    The IG postcode area, also known as the Ilford postcode area, is a group of eleven postcode districts in England, within six post towns. These cover parts of eastern Greater London and south-west Essex. Inward mail for the area is sorted, along with mail for the E and RM postcode areas, at the Romford Mail Centre.

    EC postcode area Postcode area within the United Kingdom

    The EC postcode area, also known as the London EC postal area, is a group of postcode districts in central London, England. It includes almost all of the City of London and parts of the London Boroughs of Islington, Camden, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Westminster. The area covered is of very high density development. Deliveries for the EC postcode area are made from Mount Pleasant Mail Centre.

    WC postcode area Postcode area within the United Kingdom

    The WC postcode area, also known as the London WC postcode area, is a group of postcode districts in central London, England. The area covered is of high density development, and includes parts of the City of Westminster and the London Boroughs of Camden and Islington, plus a very small part of the City of London.

    KT postcode area Postcode area within the United Kingdom

    The KT postcode area, also known as the Kingston upon Thames postcode area, is a group of 24 postcode districts in England, within 19 post towns. These cover parts of southwestern Greater London and northern Surrey.

    SM postcode area Postcode area within the United Kingdom

    The SM postcode area, also known as the Sutton postcode area, is a group of seven postcode districts in England, within five post towns. These cover part of south-west London, as well as a small part of north Surrey.

    EN postcode area Postcode area within the United Kingdom

    The EN postcode area, also known as the Enfield postcode area, is a group of eleven postcode districts in England, within seven post towns. These cover parts of northern Greater London, southern Hertfordshire and western Essex.

    BR postcode area Postcode area within the United Kingdom

    The BR postcode area, also known as the Bromley postcode area, is a group of eight postcode districts in England, within seven post towns. These cover part of south-eastern Greater London, as well as a small part of north-west Kent.

    TW postcode area Postcode area within the United Kingdom

    The TW postcode area, also known as the Twickenham postcode area, is a group of twenty postcode districts in south-east England, within thirteen post towns. These cover parts of south-west London and north-west Surrey, plus a very small part of Berkshire.

    DA postcode area Postcode area within the United Kingdom

    The DA postcode area, also known as the Dartford postcode area, is a group of eighteen postcode districts in England, within eleven post towns. These cover parts of south-east London and north-west Kent.

    CM postcode area Postcode area within the United Kingdom

    The CM postcode area, also known as the Chelmsford postcode area, is a group of 25 postcode districts in England, within 16 post towns. These cover central Essex, plus a small part of east Hertfordshire and a very small part of the London Borough of Havering.

    UB postcode area Postcode area within the United Kingdom

    The UB postcode area, also known as the Southall postcode area, is a group of eleven postcode districts in England, within six post towns. These cover parts of western and north-western Greater London, plus a very small part of Buckinghamshire. The letters in the postcodes are the phonemic abbreviation of Uxbridge.

    HA postcode area Postcode area within the United Kingdom

    The HA postcode area, also known as the Harrow postcode area, is a group of ten postcode districts in England, within seven post towns. These cover part of northwest London, plus a very small part of south Hertfordshire.

    WD postcode area Postcode area within the United Kingdom

    The WD postcode area, also known as the Watford postcode area, is a group of eleven postcode districts in Greater London and Hertfordshire, within seven post towns. These cover south-west Hertfordshire, plus very small parts of Buckinghamshire and the London Borough of Hillingdon.

    RG postcode area Postcode area within the United Kingdom

    The RG postcode area, also known as the Reading postcode area, is a group of thirty postcode districts in England, within twelve post towns. These cover west and central Berkshire and north Hampshire, plus a small part of south-east Oxfordshire and very small parts of Buckinghamshire and Wiltshire.

    SE postcode area Postcode area within the United Kingdom

    The SE postcode area covers a broad radial swathe of the south-east of the London post town from the Albert Embankment to West Heath and the nearest edges of Sidcup and Selhurst. It loosely corresponds to the boroughs of Southwark, Lewisham and Greenwich plus indicated parts of the boroughs of Croydon (north), Lambeth (east), Bexley (west) and Bromley.

    TN postcode area Postcode area within the United Kingdom

    The TN postcode area, also known as the Tunbridge Wells postcode area, is a group of 40 postcode districts in England, within 24 post towns. These cover south Kent and northern and eastern East Sussex, plus very small parts of Surrey and the London Borough of Bromley.

    SW postcode area Postcode area within the United Kingdom

    The SW postcode area, also known as the London SW postcode area, is a group of 20 postcode districts within the London post town in England. The area comprises the South Western operational district and the Battersea operational district, and is the only area within the London post town to lie on both sides of the River Thames.

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