Postal codes

Postal codes were introduced throughout the United Kingdom by the Royal Mail between 1959 and 1974. This was intended to make the sorting of vast quantities of post easier and was based on a system already in use in the major cities such as London.

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    Postcode Finder

    Postal codes in the United Kingdom are alphanumeric, meaning that they use letters as well as numbers and have two parts. The first part, usually made up of two letters and one or two number, refers to the town or area, the second refers to a smaller number of addresses in that same area. A person's postcode, along with their house number, gives their unique address. This has made sorting large amounts of post easier; computers and equipment with number and letter recognition have been used, speeding up the whole process.

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    Whilst most domestic addresses share their postcode with other properties, large companies may have one to themselves. Post code databases are regularly updated in the Postcode Address File database, as towns and cities grow, to include for example, new housing developments. Using postal codes not only makes sorting mail much easier, it also makes it easier for courier companies to find your address due to the use of satellite navigation software.

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    Many online parcel delivery companies, such as p4d, have tools on their website such as a postal code checker which use the Postcode Address File database. This simple to use tool allows you to type in the address of your parcel's destination and it will tell you what the postcode is.

    This is a great way to check that you have got the correct address and ensures easy delivery of your goods. Different forms of postal code are in operation in most countries across the world. Some are alphanumeric, such as the UK's and some are just numeric, such as the 'zip code' used in the USA. Using the right code ensures that your parcels or documents are correctly addressed and are sure to reach their destination safely.