Post town

Post town
Category Postal administration unit
Location United Kingdom
Found in Postcode areas
Number ~1,500 (as of 2013)
Government Royal Mail
Subdivisions Postcode districts

A post town is a required part of all postal addresses in the United Kingdom, and a basic unit of the postal delivery system. [1] Including the correct post town in the address increases the chance of a letter or parcel being delivered on time. Post towns in general originated as the location of delivery offices. As of 2004, their main function is to distinguish between locality or street names in addresses not including a postcode. [2]

Organisation

There are approximately 1,500 post towns which are organised by Royal Mail subject to its policy only to impose changes where it has a proven, economic and practical benefit to the organisation, covering its own cost. [2] Each post town usually corresponds to one or more postal districts (the 'outward' part of the postcode, before the space) therefore each post town can cover an area comprising many towns, urban districts and villages. Post towns rarely correspond exactly to administrative boundaries and their associated physical features. As such they often group a small minority of neighbourhoods, streets or houses together with a main settlement in a different county, area of local government or administration (including healthcare trust), constituency, European statistical region and/or traditional parish. This was a main reason why postal counties were abolished (but not prohibited) in 1996. [3]

In some places several post towns cover a single postal district (with each post town corresponding to one or more of its postcode sectors). There are anomalies where post towns and postcode sectors have a more unusual co-relation. For example, the postcode sector EH14 5 is split between three post towns: Juniper Green, Currie and Balerno. Its other postcode sectors are generally one of these, Balerno.

Other Languages
català: Postal town
Cymraeg: Tref bost
Deutsch: Post town
हिन्दी: पोस्ट टाउन
Nederlands: Post town
Scots: Post toun
Simple English: Post town
中文: 郵鎮