E postcode area

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London E postcode area
E is located in the United Kingdom
Postcode area E
Postcode area name London E
Post towns 1
Postcode districts 22
Postcode sectors 108
Postcodes (live) 15,920
Postcodes (total) 25,973
Statistics as at February 2012 [1]

The E (Eastern) postcode area, also known as the London E postcode area, [2] is the part of the London post town covering much of the east of Greater London, England as well as Sewardstone, Essex. Since the closure of the East London mail centre during the summer of 2012, mail for the E postcode area is now sorted at Romford Mail Centre, along with mail for the IG and RM postcode areas.

Postal administration

The current E postcode area was originally formed in 1866 as a merger of the E and NE areas, which had been created in 1858. In 1917, the postal districts were numbered alphabetically by their location; [3] the districts usually cover a wider area than their names might suggest. As of 2004, the district names do not form part of the postal address. [2] High demand caused sector 9 of the E1 postcode district to be split and recoded in 1999 to create an E1W postcode district around Wapping, [4] but the rest of the district did not gain an additional character. When districts are used for purposes other than the sorting of mail, such as use as a geographic reference and on street signs, E1 and E1W continue to be commonly classed as one 'district'. The E postcode area contains two non-geographic postcode districts for high-volume business users, E77 and E98. [5]

The Eastern District Office is on Whitechapel Road and was the eastern terminus for the former London Post Office Railway, which has been mothballed since 2003. The railway ran 10.5 kilometres (6.5 mi) to the Paddington Head District Sorting Office.

The E20 postcode has been used fictionally as the postcode on the television soap-opera series EastEnders since 1985. However, it became a real postcode in 2011, when it was created from within the E15 postcode for the new Olympic Park, in Stratford, the site of the 2012 Summer Olympics. [6]

List of postcode districts

The approximate coverage of the postcode districts, with the historic postal district names in italics, is as follows: [7] [8]

Postcode district Post town Coverage Local authority area
E1 LONDON Eastern head district: Aldgate (part), Bishopsgate (part), Whitechapel, Shoreditch (part), Spitalfields, Shadwell, Stepney, Globe Town (part), Mile End (part), Portsoken Tower Hamlets, Hackney, City of London
E1W LONDON Wapping Tower Hamlets
E2 LONDON Bethnal Green district: Bethnal Green, Haggerston, Hoxton (part), Shoreditch (part), Cambridge Heath, Globe Town (part), Shoreditch (part) Tower Hamlets, Hackney
E3 LONDON Bow district: Bow, Bromley-by-Bow, Old Ford, Mile End, Fish Island, Bow Common, Poplar (part) Limehouse (part) Three Mills, London Gas Museum Tower Hamlets, Newham
E4 LONDON Chingford district: Chingford, Sewardstone, Highams Park, Upper Edmonton (part), Woodford Green (part) Waltham Forest, Enfield, Epping Forest (Essex)
E5 LONDON Clapton district: Leyton (Part), Upper Clapton, Lower Clapton, Stoke Newington (part) Hackney,Waltham Forest
E6 LONDON East Ham district: East Ham, Beckton, Upton Park (part), Barking (part) Newham, Barking and Dagenham
E7 LONDON Forest Gate district: Forest Gate, Leytonstone (Part), Stratford (part) Newham, Waltham Forest
E8 LONDON Hackney district: Hackney Central, Dalston, London Fields, Stoke Newington (part) Hackney
E9 LONDON Homerton district: Homerton, Hackney Wick, South Hackney, Hackney Marshes, Victoria Park Hackney, Tower Hamlets
E10 LONDON Leyton district: Leyton, Temple Mills, Hackney Marshes (part) Upper Clapton (part), Walthamstow Marshes Waltham Forest, Hackney
E11 LONDON Leytonstone district: Leytonstone, Wanstead, Aldersbrook (part), Snaresbrook, Cann Hall Waltham Forest, Redbridge
E12 LONDON Manor Park district: Manor Park, Little Ilford, Aldersbrook (part) Newham, Redbridge
E13 LONDON Plaistow district: Plaistow, West Ham (part), Upton Park (part) Newham
E14 LONDON Poplar district: Poplar, Isle of Dogs, Limehouse, Canary Wharf, Millwall, Blackwall, Cubitt Town, South Bromley, North Greenwich, Leamouth Tower Hamlets
E15 LONDON Stratford district: Stratford, West Ham (part), Maryland, Leyton (part), Leytonstone (part) Temple Mills (part), Hackney Wick (part), Bow (part) Newham, Waltham Forest, Hackney, Tower Hamlets
E16 LONDON Victoria Docks and North Woolwich district: Canning Town, Silvertown, Royal Docks, North Woolwich, Beckton (part) Newham
E17 LONDON Walthamstow district: Walthamstow, Upper Walthamstow, Leyton (part) Waltham Forest
E18 LONDON Woodford and South Woodford district: Woodford, South Woodford Redbridge
E20 LONDON Olympic Park district: Olympic Park, & parts of Stratford, Homerton, Leyton, Bow; Newham, Waltham Forest, Hackney, Tower Hamlets
E77 LONDON Non-geographic postcode district ( NatWest, located in E1) Tower Hamlets
E98 LONDON Non-geographic postcode district ( News International, located in E1W) Tower Hamlets
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