NW postcode area

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London NW postcode area
NW is located in the United Kingdom
NW
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Postcode area NW
Postcode area name London NW
Post towns 1
Postcode districts 13
Postcode sectors 81
Postcodes (live) 14,037
Postcodes (total) 23,966
Statistics as at February 2012[1]

The NW (North Western) postcode area, also known as the London NW postcode area,[2] is a group of postcode districts covering part of northwest London, England. It is the successor of the NW sector, originally created as part of the London postal district in 1856.

Postal administration[edit]

The London postal arrangements were refined in 1917 when the sub-districts (as appended to postal addresses) were given new alpha-numeric identities for public use;[3] the districts usually cover a wider area than their names might suggest. The district names are no longer included in the postal address because the first part of the postcode contains equivalent sorting information.[2]

Within each NW postcode district, PO boxes are allocated to a unique postcode sector, except for two districts which use all available sectors for ordinary addresses and therefore have their separate non-geographic districts: NW1W for PO boxes in NW1 and NW26 for PO boxes in NW10.[4]

List of postcode districts[edit]

The approximate coverage of the postcode districts, with the historic postal district names shown in italics:[5]

Postcode district Post town Coverage Local authority area
NW1 LONDON North Western head district: Marylebone (part), Euston, Regent's Park, Baker Street, Camden Town, Somers Town, Primrose Hill (part) and Lisson Grove (part) Camden, Westminster
NW1W LONDON PO boxes in NW1[4] non-geographic
NW2 LONDON Cricklewood district: Cricklewood, Dollis Hill, Childs Hill, Golders Green (part), Brent Cross (part), Willesden (north), Neasden (north) Barnet, Brent, Camden
NW3 LONDON Hampstead district: Hampstead, Belsize Park, Frognal, Childs Hill (east), South Hampstead (north), Swiss Cottage (east), Primrose Hill (north), Chalk Farm (west), Gospel Oak Camden, Barnet
NW4 LONDON Hendon district: Hendon, Brent Cross (part) Barnet
NW5 LONDON Kentish Town district: Kentish Town, Camden Town (part), Gospel Oak (part), Dartmouth Park, Chalk Farm (east), Tufnell Park (west) Camden, Islington
NW6 LONDON Kilburn district: Kilburn, Brondesbury, West Hampstead, Queen's Park, South Hampstead (south), Swiss Cottage (west) Brent, Camden, Westminster
NW7 LONDON Mill Hill district: Mill Hill, Arkley (part), Edgware Barnet
NW8 LONDON St John's Wood district: St John's Wood, Primrose Hill (south), Lisson Grove (north) Westminster, Camden
NW9 LONDON The Hyde district: The Hyde, Colindale, Kingsbury, West Hendon, Queensbury (part) Barnet, Brent, Harrow
NW10 LONDON Willesden district: Willesden, Harlesden, Kensal Green, Brent Park, Church End, Stonebridge, North Acton, Hanger Lane (part), Neasden (south), Old Oak Common, Park Royal (north) Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham
NW11 LONDON Golders Green district: Golders Green, Temple Fortune, Hampstead Garden Suburb (west), Hendon (part), Brent Cross (part) Barnet
NW26 LONDON PO boxes in NW10[4] non-geographic

Boundaries[edit]

Postcode district NW1 is central to London, with the NW2–11 postcode districts radiating outwards to the northwest. The boundaries of the area and its numbered districts have changed over time and are the result of the working requirements of Royal Mail. They are not tied to those of the local authority areas served; consequently a locality name might describe varying areas. The postcode area contains large parts of the London Borough of Barnet, London Borough of Brent and London Borough of Camden with small parts of the City of Westminster, the London Borough of Ealing, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, London Borough of Harrow and London Borough of Islington. The NW7 district extends to the Greater London boundary with Hertfordshire and follows that boundary for a short distance near Scratch Wood.

Map[edit]

NW postcode area map, showing postcode districts, post towns and neighbouring postcode areas. EC postcode area EN postcode area HA postcode area N postcode area UB postcode area W postcode area WC postcode area WD postcode area
NW postcode area map, showing postcode districts in red and post towns in grey text, with links to nearby EN, HA, N, W, WC and WD postcode areas.

The remainder of northwest Greater London is covered by the HA, UB, part of the EN and a small section of WD postcode areas.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ONS Postcode Directory Version Notes" (ZIP). National Statistics Postcode Products. Office for National Statistics. February 2012. Table 2. Retrieved 21 April 2012.  Coordinates from mean of unit postcode points, "Code-Point Open". OS OpenData. Ordnance Survey. February 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Royal Mail (2004). Address Management Guide (4 ed.). Royal Mail Group. 
  3. ^ "Postcodes". Archive Information Sheet. The British Postal Museum and Archive. Retrieved 24 March 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c "Non Geographic Codes" (PDF). Royal Mail Address Management Unit. July 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Names of Streets and Places in the London Postal area". HMSO. 1930. 

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