[Talk-GB] Tagging post towns and other addressing issues in the UK

Tom Hughes tom at compton.nu
Tue Jan 29 00:05:32 UTC 2019

Companies House don't validate anything. That much is well known.

What Richard was saying was that if you use their web form to
submit then it autocompletes using PAF but most older entries
will have been submitted on paper with no such normalisation.


On 29/01/2019 00:00, Will Phillips wrote:
> Sorry for misquoting! I've got no idea how I managed to do that.
> Regarding Registered Companies data, there's a great deal of variation 
> in the formatting of the addresses included, as well as plenty of 
> misspellings, so my impression is most of the addresses are unvalidated. 
> I suspect validation has started quite recently.
> I take on board that there are strong feelings regarding post towns. I 
> slightly regret mentioning it now, because I considered the more 
> important point of my original message to be the need for an agreed tag 
> for adding localities. Some mappers do seem to want to add both locality 
> and city details and it would be good to have a more agreed way to do 
> this, which doesn't use addr:place.
> Cheers,
> Will
> On 28/01/2019 22:05, Richard Fairhurst wrote:
>> I'm not quite sure what you've done with the quoting but you've 
>> attributed me
>> as writing your reply, which evidently I didn't. :)
>> Will Phillips wrote:
>>> I really don't see what is outlandish about using post towns as a
>>> guide for what goes in the addr:city tag. Royal Mail might be becoming
>>> less important, but when most people are asked for their address, they
>>> will give their address as defined by Royal Mail.
>>> Looking at the Companies House Registered Companies data for
>>> Charlbury, I find 235 addresses of which 170 include Chipping Norton.
>>> I find Registered Companies data useful because the addresses appear
>>> unvalidated and therefore show addresses as people actually enter them.
>> No-one in Charlbury describes themselves as living in Chipping Norton.
>> Honestly, no-one. It's a separate town.
>> Companies House data for my company shows a registered address of 11 
>> Market
>> Street, Charlbury, Chipping Norton. That is not because I think I live in
>> Chipping Norton. That is because, when you register a company, the 
>> Companies
>> House autocomplete thing takes your postcode and fills in the Royal Mail
>> post-town and other details from PAF.
>> (TBH, I'm not entirely convinced post towns help Royal Mail in any case,
>> given the amount of mail mistakenly delivered to us that is actually 
>> meant
>> for Mr G------- at 11 Market Street, Chipping Norton...)
>> Richard
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