SE postcode area

SE postcode area

Infobox UK postcode area|area_code=SE|

source=Statistics as at October 2006 [National Statistics, " [ Postcode Directory Version Notes] ", (2006)]
The SE (South Eastern) postcode area, also known as the London SE postcode area [Royal Mail, "Address Management Guide", (2004)] , is the part of the London postal district covering much of south east London, England.


The postcode area originated in 1857 as the SE district. In 1868 it gained some of the area of the abolished S district, with the rest going to SW. It was divided into numbered districts in 1917. [ [ British Postal Museum & Archive] - Postcodes (PDF)] SE28 is a much later addition formed from the division of the SE2 district to accommodate the development of Thamesmead. Unlike in the SW postcode area, where districts are also split into two alphabetical tranches, SE1 is the only head district. [HMSO, "The Inner London Letter Post," (1980)]

A small group of residents in the West Heath area wish to have their postcodes changed from SE2 to the adjacent DA7 postcode district; citing higher insurance for their houses, belongings and cars as reasons to change. Royal Mail have said they will not consider changes to postcodes for these reasons. [ [ This is local London] - "Cracking the code’s not easy". Tuesday 12th March 2002.]


The approximate coverage of the postal districts:

Areas, streets and features

Adjacent areas


ee also

*List of postcode areas in the United Kingdom

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