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

Andy Robinson ajrlists at gmail.com
Mon Oct 27 14:16:10 UTC 2014

That was the point I was making really. To the uneducated, but knowing that PE means Peterborough in Cambridgeshire, a casual look at a PE37 postcode doesn't reveal anything about Swaffham in Norfolk. You need a PAF translation to understand that.


-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Doerr [mailto:doerr.stephen at gmail.com] 
Sent: 27 October 2014 13:27
To: talk-gb at openstreetmap.org
Subject: Re: [Talk-GB] addressing (was addr:place)

On 27/10/2014 09:24, Andy Robinson wrote:
> Are the postal towns not the town that is represented by the first part of the postcode? So CW for Crewe for instance.

No: a postcode alpha prefix will typically cover several post towns.

> My parents live in Swaffham in Norfolk but Royal Mail have them is Cambridgeshire with a PE (Peterborough) postcode.

Are you sure? The official address for postcode PE37 7QN, for instance, is Mangate Street, SWAFFHAM, Norfolk, PE37 7QN.

SWAFFHAM is the post town and Norfolk the (optional) county.


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