[Talk-GB] Locating Postboxes article Guardian

Chris Hill osm at raggedred.net
Thu Sep 17 18:10:17 BST 2009

As far as I can see all of the post codes for boxes are unique, so a 
group of them related to a collection office do not share a post code.  
The box very close to my house has the same post code as my house.  The 
collection office for here is in the next village with a quite different 
post code.

That said, I expect there could be variability across the country - I 
suspect that the list was compiled from locally created lists and the 
criteria for each area could be different.

Cheers, Chris

John Robert Peterson wrote:
> I'm pretty sure I heard from somewhere that the "post code" associated 
> with the post box is actually a post code assosiated with the 
> collection office, and that a house next to it can have a totally 
> different post code.
> JR
> 2009/9/17 Chris Hill <osm at raggedred.net <mailto:osm at raggedred.net>>
>     Ciarán Mooney wrote:
>     > Hi,
>     >
>     > Also I've spoken to Draco in the past, and his website does not sync
>     > with OSM. He has tried to get help with a mass import but the
>     > discussion was rat-holed due to supposed problem deriving data from
>     > Royal Mails postbox list.
>     >
>     >
>     http://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/legal-talk/2009-July/002560.html
>     >
>     > I plan on emailing whoever responded to the original FOI request at
>     > Royal Mail and see if we can get explicit permission to use the
>     data.
>     >
>     > Ciarán
>     The original list contains a post code which Royal Mail might well be
>     touchy about given the WikiLeak of their postcode DB.  The location
>     information is far too vague to position a box without a visit and
>     sometimes a treasure hunt at which point the reference can usually be
>     gathered (if the box hasn't been vandalised) but we can only get the
>     post code from the Royal Mail, so good luck.
>     Cheers, Chris
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