[Talk-GB] Quarterly Project: Addresses and Postcodes

Stuart Reynolds stuart at travelinesoutheast.org.uk
Thu Oct 19 12:45:51 UTC 2017

The Post Office is quite happy to invent places and create addresses that don’t reflect the reality on the ground.

For example, Shoeburyness is actually South Shoebury (the CofE church is still called St Andrews South Shoebury) but the PO insisted (in the dim and distant past) of calling it Shoeburyness because the Garrison was out on the ness.

Equally, a little more up to date, New Mills has a post town of Stockport, in Cheshire (or possibly Greater Manchester these days, I’m not sure of the boundaries) despite New Mills being firmly in the administrative area of Derbyshire. Much to the irritation of the people I knew in New Mills at the time!

We run a risk of people external to the UK not understanding this when we put it into OSM.


On 19 Oct 2017, at 13:32, Lester Caine <lester at lsces.co.uk<mailto:lester at lsces.co.uk>> wrote:

On 19/10/17 13:15, Adam Snape wrote:
But Ebbsfleet is not a Post Town. The address will include Swanscombe. I
should have said before that my experience (as an eBay seller) is lots
of  people are unaware of their correct postal address. Each postcode
section eg. DA1, DA2, DA3... will have a particular post town, so I
correct this which I know to be wrong for the postcode. Because several
of the editors don't include a box for suburb or hamlet it is aslo
common to see names of villages or suburbs in the tagged as addr:city.

From a postal point of view, the result of a lookup on the Royal Mail
website is the best way of checking a postcode and the return from DA10
1AZ is longer than some results and is what Steve listed originally. If
we can actually use that view of the data is a little grey, but one can
at least check where one is shipping something is correct. I'm sure
manually top level sorting post, the post person will be looking at the
postal town rather than the postcode, but on automated machines then
only the name and postcode are relevant.

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