[Talk-GB] addressing (was addr:place)

Andy Robinson ajrlists at gmail.com
Mon Oct 27 09:24:33 UTC 2014

Are the postal towns not the town that is represented by the first part of the postcode? So CW for Crewe for instance. My parents live in Swaffham in Norfolk but Royal Mail have them is Cambridgeshire with a PE (Peterborough) postcode.


-----Original Message-----
From: Andy Street [mailto:andy at street.me.uk] 
Sent: 27 October 2014 01:04
To: talk-gb at openstreetmap.org
Subject: Re: [Talk-GB] addressing (was addr:place)

On Sun, 26 Oct 2014 22:41:56 +0000
Chris Hill <osm at raggedred.net> wrote:
> Addresses are allocated by Local Authorities, not Royal Mail. I use 
> the address the LA recognise, plus the postcode which, AFAIK, Royal 
> Mail do issue.

I was aware that LAs have a role in numbering and naming new streets but I was unaware that they assigned full addresses.

Perhaps someone could take pity on this poor simpleton and explain how this works. I've grabbed my GPS, wandered down "High Street" and added a waymark outside number 10. When I get back home how do I go about converting this data into a full address that I can add to OSM?

> Is this contentious?

No, just confusing! ;)

> How can you determine the postal town from a survey?

In my local area all addresses within a postcode district share the same post town.


Andy Street

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