SW postcode area

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Coordinates: 51°27′43″N0°10′08″W / 51.462°N 0.169°W / 51.462; -0.169
CountryUnited Kingdom
Postcode area
SW
Postcode area name
London SW
Post towns 1
Postcode districts 29
Postcode sectors139
Postcodes (live)19,890
Postcodes (total)36,392
Statistics as at May 2020 [1]

The SW (South Western) postcode area, also known as the London SW postcode area, [2] is a group of 20 postcode districts within the London post town in England. The area comprises the South Western operational district (covering the subdivisions of postcode district SW1, plus SW2 through SW10) and the Battersea operational district (covering SW11 through SW20), [3] and is the only area within the London post town to lie on both sides of the River Thames.

Contents

Mail for the area is sorted at the Jubilee Mail Centre in Hounslow, along with mail for the TW, KT and GU postcode areas.

Postal administration

The postcode area originated in 1857 as the SW district. In 1868 it gained some of the area of the very short-lived S district, with the rest going to SE. It was divided into numbered districts in 1917. [4] The South Western district consists of the postcode districts SW1–SW10 and the once Battersea-headquartered component consists of the postcode districts SW11–SW20. [3] [5]

The South Western head district was designated as SW1 and the rest of the numbering followed, alphabetically, by their most important parish, chapelry, topological or built environment feature names, up to 10. Similarly as to the Battersea SW11 once "head district".

List of postcode districts

The approximate coverage of the postcode districts, with the historic postal district names shown in italics: [5]

Postcode district Post town CoverageLocal authority area(s)
SW1ALONDON Whitehall, Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and west of St James's Westminster
SW1ELONDONNorthern 'Victoria' around Buckingham Gate (a street) to include both sides of part of Victoria Street Westminster
SW1HLONDONSurrounds of St James's Park tube station centred on Broadway, Queen Anne's Gate and Old Queen Street to include both sides of part of Victoria Street – derivation: Horse Guards Parade Westminster
SW1PLONDONA projection around Parliament Square. Nearby Westminster School to Westminster Cathedral to CCAL, University of the Arts, London (omitting all backstreets nearest to Vauxhall Bridge Road) – derivation: Parliament SquareWestminster
SW1VLONDONbetween Vauxhall Bridge, Grosvenor (or Victoria Railway) Bridge and Victoria Station, taking in both sides of Vauxhall Bridge Road; includes PimlicoWestminster
SW1WLONDONSouth or lower Belgravia and Chelsea (a corner), from Sloane Square to Victoria Station to Grosvenor Waterside basinWestminster, Kensington and Chelsea
SW1XLONDONRest of Belgravia (north of Eaton Square), Knightsbridge (eastern half) and Chelsea (a corner)Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea
SW1YLONDONAll but the west of St James's Westminster
SW2LONDONBrixton district: Brixton Hill, Tulse Hill (part), Brixton (part), Streatham Hill, Clapham (part), Eastern parts of Balham, Lambeth Lambeth
SW3LONDONChelsea district: Chelsea, Brompton, Knightsbridge (part)Kensington and Chelsea
SW4LONDONClapham district: Clapham, Stockwell (part)Lambeth, Wandsworth
SW5LONDONEarls Court district: Earls Court Kensington and Chelsea
SW6LONDONFulham district: Fulham, Parsons Green Hammersmith and Fulham
SW7LONDONSouth Kensington district: South Kensington, Knightsbridge (part)Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster
SW8LONDONSouth Lambeth district: South Lambeth, Vauxhall, Nine Elms (east), Clapham (north), Stockwell (northwest), Oval (west)Lambeth, Wandsworth
SW9LONDONStockwell district: Brixton, Stockwell, Clapham (part), Oval (part)Lambeth
SW10LONDONWest Brompton district: West Brompton, Chelsea (part)Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham
SW11LONDONBattersea head district: Battersea, Clapham South, Nine Elms (west)Wandsworth, Lambeth
SW12LONDONBalham district: Balham, Clapham South, Wandsworth Common (part)Wandsworth, Lambeth
SW13LONDONBarnes district: Barnes Richmond upon Thames
SW14LONDONMortlake district: Mortlake, East Sheen Richmond upon Thames
SW15LONDONPutney district: Putney, Roehampton, Kingston Vale, Putney Heath, Putney Vale, Richmond Park, Roehampton Vale Wandsworth, Kingston upon Thames, Richmond upon Thames
SW16LONDONStreatham district: Streatham, Streatham Common, Norbury, Streatham Park, Furzedown, Streatham Vale, Mitcham Common, Pollards Hill, Eastfields, Tulse Hill (part), West Norwood (part)Lambeth, Croydon, Wandsworth, Merton
SW17LONDONTooting district: Tooting, Balham (part), Mitcham (part)Wandsworth, Merton
SW18LONDONWandsworth district: Wandsworth Town, Southfields, Earlsfield Wandsworth
SW19LONDONWimbledon district: Wimbledon, Colliers Wood, Merton Park, Merton Abbey, Southfields, Morden (part)Merton, Wandsworth
SW20LONDONWest Wimbledon district: Raynes Park, Lower Morden, Merton Park, Wimbledon Chase Merton

SW1

SW1 is the South Western head district. Since about the 1890s it has had a surplus of addresses and buildings for practical division into one set of inwards codes so is divided into smaller postcode districts since 1917 used for mail purposes. SW1 is used in geographic reference, street signs and colloquial use across most communities. Its eight subdivisions continue to be classed as one 'district'. Within SW1A are keynote inward codes including:

Boundaries

The SW postcode area covers parts of nine London Boroughs. North of the River Thames, it covers the southern parts of the City of Westminster, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. South of the river, it covers all of the London Borough of Wandsworth, the western part of the London Borough of Lambeth, the northern parts of the London Boroughs of Merton and Croydon, the northeastern part of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, and a very small part of Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. [6] [7]

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    SW postcode area map, showing postcode districts in red and post towns in grey text, with links to nearby CR, EC, KT, SE, SM, TW, W and WC postcode areas. SW postcode area map.svg
    SW postcode area map, showing postcode districts in red and post towns in grey text, with links to nearby CR, EC, KT, SE, SM, TW, W and WC postcode areas.

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