[Talk-GB] Data Model for Address

Stuart Reynolds stuart at travelinesoutheast.org.uk
Fri May 29 15:01:51 UTC 2015

FWIW, Google and Bing don’t understand it either!

Friends of ours have an address of the format:

1 Cherry Cottages
Lime Avenue

(not a real address, although the town is real enough!)

Bing gave me the equivalent of 1 Lime Avenue, which was at least in the right town, while Google gave me 1 Cherry Cottages (or thereabouts) but in a town over an hour away!


On 29 May 2015, at 15:26, Colin Smale <colin.smale at xs4all.nl<mailto:colin.smale at xs4all.nl>> wrote:

If anyone is interested in the data model used by Royal Mail in UK addresses, this will tell you loads:


Warning: you may find yourself uttering things in "rather unparliamentary language" when you read this.

Contrast this with the Dutch address model: Street, Housenumber (numeric), Housenumber Extension (alphanumeric), Postcode (9999XX) and Town. Probably much the same in Belgium and Germany too.


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