IG postcode area

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Ilford
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IG
Coordinates: 51°35′13″N0°04′19″E / 51.587°N 0.072°E / 51.587; 0.072
CountryUnited Kingdom
Postcode area
IG
Postcode area name
Ilford
Post towns 6
Postcode districts 11
Postcode sectors35
Postcodes (live)5,979
Postcodes (total)10,011
Statistics as at May 2020 [1]

The IG postcode area, also known as the Ilford postcode area, [2] 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.

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The area served includes much of the London Borough of Redbridge, the western part of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, and the southwestern part of the Epping Forest district of Essex, while the western part of IG8 and IG11 covers a small part of the London Borough of Waltham Forest, and the London Borough of Newham.

The area uses "IG" rather than "IL", as the latter could be misread as "LL" or "L1". It is sometimes said[ by whom? ] that the 'G' is used as it is the last letter in Barking, in the south of the area. Another theory is it stands for 'Ilford Grid', being a term for the layout of the streets being built at the time.

Coverage

The approximate coverage of the postcode districts:

Postcode district Post town CoverageLocal authority area(s)
IG1ILFORD Ilford, Cranbrook, Loxford (part) Redbridge
IG2ILFORD Gants Hill, Newbury Park, Aldborough Hatch Redbridge
IG3ILFORD Seven Kings (IG3 8), Goodmayes (IG3 9)Redbridge
IG4ILFORD Redbridge Redbridge
IG5ILFORD Clayhall Redbridge
IG6ILFORD Barkingside, Fullwell Cross, Hainault (south), Fairlop Redbridge
IG7CHIGWELL Chigwell, Chigwell Row, Hainault (north) Epping Forest, Redbridge
IG8WOODFORD GREEN Woodford Green, Woodford Bridge, Highams Park (part)Redbridge, Waltham Forest
IG9BUCKHURST HILL Buckhurst Hill Epping Forest
IG10LOUGHTON Loughton, High Beach (part)Epping Forest
IG11BARKING Barking, Barking Riverside, Beckton (part), Creekmouth, Loxford (part), Thames View, Upney Barking and Dagenham, Newham, Redbridge

Ilford campaign

In 2005, a local businessman named Wilson Chowdhry led a campaign for Ilford's IG1 postcode to be changed to E19. Although Ilford has been part of Greater London since 1965, it is not within the London post town. Chowdhry argued that the IG1 postcode confused customers, and that a London E postcode would help bring more business into Ilford. However, a Royal Mail spokesman said that the campaign had "virtually no hope" of succeeding, as postcodes are only changed for operational reasons. [3]

A similar plea had been raised in the 1970s by Greater London Council politician Serge Lourie, and similarly rejected. Ilford had been part of the original E division of the London postal district from 1857 until 1866. [4]

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    IG postcode area map, showing postcode districts in red and post towns in grey text, with links to nearby CM, DA, E, EN, RM and SE postcode areas. IG postcode area map.svg
    IG postcode area map, showing postcode districts in red and post towns in grey text, with links to nearby CM, DA, E, EN, RM and SE postcode areas.

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