[Talk-GB] Quarterly Project: Addresses and Postcodes

Andrew Hain andrewhainosm at hotmail.co.uk
Thu Oct 19 17:35:52 UTC 2017

Are you saying that anything with a postcode beginning with SW should be tagged addr:city=London and anything beginning with TW9 or TW10 should be tagged addr:city=Richmond?

From: Adam Snape <adam.c.snape at gmail.com>
Sent: 19 October 2017 09:35:40
To: Steve Doerr
Cc: Talk GB
Subject: Re: [Talk-GB] Quarterly Project: Addresses and Postcodes

I'm convinced that many such addresses are unnecessarily long (are there really multiple Weldons in the Swanscome postal area?). Nevertheless we should have a way of mapping them if they are the official address. I agree that more general guidance would aid consistency. My address mapping practice is as follows. I would welcome correction if others feel I am doing something incorrectly::

  *   The post town https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_post_towns_in_the_United_Kingdom is tagged as addr:city (whether or not it is a city or indeed whether an otherwise more important place is nearer). Though this should all be in upper case when used I add the tag in lower case with an initial capital letter as it would normally be written in a sentence.

  *   For sub divisions of this area the wiki has documented tags addr:suburb and addr:hamlet. I tend to default to suburb everywhere except when dealing with an actual isolated hamlet. Where there are two subdivisions as in Steve's example, I'd use hamlet for the smaller one  and suburb for the larger one.

  *   The wiki suggests to avoid addr:street and addr:place together but I use them for things like named retail/business parks where there is also a street address eg. https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/527520264

  *   I do not tag the name of the property separately if it is the same as the main name=* tag

  *   Counties have not been formally part of postal addresses for many years. Royal Mail permits people to optionally add the name of the old Postal County, modern administrative or ceremonial county, or traditional county to their address according to their personal preference, but this plays no role in delivery. So I do not tag a county in the address.

So I'd tag Steve's example: name=The Spring River, addr:street=Talbot Lane, addr:hamlet=Weldon, addr:suburb=Ebbsfleet Valley, addr:city=Swanscombe, addr:postcode=DA10 1AZ

I hope that helps


On 18 Oct 2017 11:49 p.m., "Steve Doerr" <doerr.stephen at gmail.com<mailto:doerr.stephen at gmail.com>> wrote:
On 10/10/2017 19:07, Robert Whittaker (OSM lists) wrote:
It doesn't seem to have been mentioned here yet, but this quarter's UK
mapping project is to improve addresses and postcodes:

It would be useful to have some guidance on tagging for UK addresses. For instance, how would you tag the different elements of the following address for a pub/carvery that opened recently near me:

The Spring River
Talbot Lane
Ebbsfleet Valley
DA10 1AZ


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