SE postcode area

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London SE
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SE
Coordinates: 51°27′58″N0°01′55″W / 51.466°N 0.032°W / 51.466; -0.032
CountryUnited Kingdom
Postcode area
SE
Postcode area name
London SE
Post towns 1
Postcode districts 30
Postcode sectors129
Postcodes (live)20,476
Postcodes (total)34,165
Statistics as at May 2020 [1]

The SE (South Eastern) 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 named after Southwark, Lewisham and Greenwich plus indicated parts of those named after Croydon (north), Lambeth (east), Bexley (west) and Bromley (its northwest corner).

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Postal administration

The postcode area originated in 1857 as the SE district. In 1868 it gained some of the area of the short-lived S district, with the rest going to SW. It was divided into numbered districts in 1917, by giving the district closest to London that hosted the head office the suffix "1" and all others alphabetically based on a locally important parish, chapelry, topological or built environment feature administering or close to the local distribution office. [2] SE28 is a late addition carved out of the existing districts SE2 and SE18 to reflect the building up of a new London district in what had been the meadows and marshes by the tidal Thames in the parish of Plumstead: Thamesmead.

Unlike SW, where a consecutive 50%, there ten, districts can more officially be traced into two alphabetical groups excluding SW1, SE has always technically followed the norm in that SE1 is the only head district. However SE19 was drawn up to serve the key distribution office serving Norwood after a complete alphabetical series so that those surrounding it and SE21 (Dulwich): SE20 and SE22 to SE27 are strictly alphabetical afresh (Anerley to West Norwood) but it has never technically been a "head district". [3] The postcode area is part of the London post town. [4] There are no dependent localities used in the postcode area. [4] SE1P is a non-geographic postcode district for PO boxes located in SE1. [5]

List of postcode districts

The approximate coverage of the postcode districts, with the historic postal district names shown in italics: [6]

Postcode district Post town CoverageLocal authority area(s)
SE1LONDONSouth Eastern head district: Bankside, South Bank, Lambeth (part), Southwark, Bermondsey (part), Vauxhall (part)Lambeth, Southwark
SE1PLONDONnon-geographic
SE2LONDONAbbey Wood district: Abbey Wood, West Heath, Crossness, Thamesmead (part), Plumstead (part), Bostall Heath and Woods Greenwich, Bexley
SE3LONDONBlackheath district: Blackheath, Kidbrooke, Westcombe Park Greenwich, Lewisham
SE4LONDONBrockley district: Brockley, Crofton Park, Ladywell, Telegraph Hill Lewisham
SE5LONDONCamberwell district: Camberwell, Denmark Hill, Peckham, Brixton (part)Southwark, Lambeth
SE6LONDONCatford district: Catford, Bellingham, Hither Green (part), Rushey Green Lewisham
SE7LONDONCharlton district: Charlton Greenwich
SE8LONDONDeptford district: Deptford, Evelyn, Rotherhithe (part), St John's Lewisham, Greenwich, Southwark
SE9LONDONEltham district: Eltham, Mottingham, New Eltham, Well Hall, Avery Hill (part), Falconwood (part), Sidcup (part), Chinbrook (part), Longlands (part) Kidbrooke (part), Shooter's Hill (part)Greenwich, Bromley, Bexley, Lewisham
SE10LONDONGreenwich district: Greenwich, Maze Hill, Greenwich Peninsula Greenwich, Lewisham
SE11LONDONKennington district: Kennington, Lambeth (part), Vauxhall (part), Oval (part)Lambeth, Southwark
SE12LONDONLee district: Lee, Mottingham, Grove Park, Chinbrook, Hither Green (part), Eltham (part), Horn Park Lewisham, Greenwich, Bromley
SE13LONDONLewisham district: Lewisham, Hither Green, Ladywell Lewisham, Greenwich
SE14LONDONNew Cross district: New Cross, Telegraph Hill Lewisham
SE15LONDONPeckham district: Peckham, Nunhead, South Bermondsey (part)Southwark, Lewisham
SE16LONDONRotherhithe district: Rotherhithe (part), Surrey Quays, South Bermondsey (part)Southwark, Lewisham
SE17LONDONWalworth district: Walworth, Kennington (part), Newington Southwark
SE18LONDONWoolwich district: Woolwich, Royal Arsenal, Plumstead, Shooter's Hill Greenwich
SE19LONDONNorwood district: Upper Norwood, Crystal Palace Croydon, Lambeth, Southwark, Bromley
SE20LONDONAnerley district: Anerley, Crystal Palace (part), Penge, Beckenham (part)Bromley
SE21LONDONDulwich district: Dulwich, Dulwich Village, West Dulwich, Tulse Hill (part)Southwark, Lambeth
SE22LONDONEast Dulwich district: East Dulwich, Dulwich Village (part), Peckham Rye, Loughborough Junction, Herne Hill Southwark
SE23LONDONForest Hill district: Forest Hill, Honor Oak, Crofton Park (part), Perry Vale Lewisham, Southwark
SE24LONDONHerne Hill district: Herne Hill, Brixton (part), Dulwich (part), Tulse Hill (part)Lambeth, Southwark
SE25LONDONSouth Norwood district: South Norwood, Selhurst (part), Thornton Heath (part), Woodside (part)Croydon
SE26LONDONSydenham district: Sydenham, Crystal Palace (part)Lewisham, Bromley, Southwark
SE27LONDONWest Norwood district: West Norwood, Gipsy Hill (part), Tulse Hill (part)Lambeth
SE28LONDONThamesmead district: Thamesmead Greenwich, Bexley

Boundaries

SE1 has a very long tidal Thames frontage and is in Central London as is SE11 named after Kennington, close to Westminster. SE2–SE18 spread across the north and east of the postcode area; enquiring into their naming system explains how SE2, SE7, SE8, SE10, SE16 and SE18 also front the river. Postcode districts SE19–SE27 form a group in the southwest. Addition SE28 is in the northeast corner of the first group. The postcode area maps roughly to the combined area of the London Borough of Southwark, London Borough of Lewisham and Royal Borough of Greenwich. the eastern part of the London Borough of Lambeth, the northern part of the London Borough of Croydon, the western part of the London Borough of Bexley and the northwestern part of the London Borough of Bromley are within the postcode area.

In 2002, some residents in West Heath, a slight projection with neighbouring areas, wished to have their postcodes changed from SE2 to the adjacent DA7 postcode district, citing higher insurance for their houses, belongings and cars as reasons to change. Royal Mail has said it will not consider changes to postcodes for these reasons. [7]

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