[Talk-GB] postcode mapping (was Re: Automated Code-Point Open postcode editing (simple cases only))

Philip Barnes phil at trigpoint.me.uk
Tue Jul 30 14:03:22 UTC 2019

Not displaying a house number is particularly prevalent with 'end of cul-de-sac' man where this makes working out where odd and even meet.

Phil (trigpoint)

On Tuesday, 30 July 2019, David Woolley wrote:
> On 30/07/2019 14:19, Mateusz Konieczny wrote:
> > Is it typical for post codes to be posted like housenumbers? Either on 
> > buildings or postboxes?
> Postcodes almost never.  The only time you would normally find them is 
> where the building is a company's registered office.
> Housenumbers seem to be only on (gut feeling) about 30% of houses these 
> days, and maybe 5% of commercial premises.  (When they are on houses, 
> they are typically unreadable after dark.  Almost no-one has front gates 
> any longer, which might have carried them in the past.)
> What appears on street signs and post boxes is the outbound postcode (up 
> to the end of the first number).
> Businesses are required to provide an address for service in 
> advertising, including web sites.  This may well be their accountant's. 
> Electronically, they need to provide a geographic address, but, on 
> paper, I think a PO Box number is acceptable.  Non-compliance is 
> endemic, e.g. businesses only contactable over mobile phone numbers.
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