SO postcode area

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Southampton postcode area
SO is located in the United Kingdom
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Postcode area SO
Postcode area name Southampton
Post towns 9
Postcode districts 30
Postcode sectors 179
Postcodes (live) 18,213
Postcodes (total) 38,710
Statistics as at February 2012[1]

The SO postcode area, also known as the Southampton postcode area,[2] is a group of 23 postcode districts in England, which are subdivisions of nine post towns. These postcode districts cover south and central Hampshire, including Southampton, Winchester, Alresford, Brockenhurst, Eastleigh, Lymington, Lyndhurst, Romsey and Stockbridge.

The area originally had both single and double-digit postcode districts.[3] From the inception of postcodes in Southampton, 'large users' within the SO1 and SO2 postcode areas (which broadly covered the area of the City of Southampton) were allocated SO9 postcodes.[4] In the early 1990s, a shortage of available postcodes occurred due to increased demand.[5] On 1 December 1993 Royal Mail took the step of dividing each of the existing single-digit districts, the numbers of the new subdivisions containing two digits rather than one. For example, the SO1 and SO2 districts were divided into SO14-19.[6] At the same time, ordinary 'geographical' postcodes replaced the SO9 codes. Whilst this created thousands more possible postcode combinations, it resulted in the unusual situation where the centre of the postcode area, Southampton, lacks a district numbered 1. The area is one of only a few in the country where this is the case.

Coverage[edit]

The approximate coverage of the postcode districts:

Postcode district Post town Coverage Local authority area
SO14 SOUTHAMPTON City Centre, St. Mary's, Newtown, Nicholstown, Ocean Village, Chapel, Eastern Docks, Bevois Valley Southampton
SO15 SOUTHAMPTON Shirley, Freemantle, Banister Park, Millbrook Southampton
SO16 SOUTHAMPTON Bassett, Redbridge, Rownhams, Nursling, Chilworth Southampton, Test Valley
SO17 SOUTHAMPTON Highfield, Portswood, St Denys, Swaythling Southampton
SO18 SOUTHAMPTON Bitterne, Bitterne Park, Harefield, Townhill Park, Chartwell Green, Southampton Airport Southampton, Eastleigh
SO19 SOUTHAMPTON Sholing, Thornhill, Woolston, Weston Southampton
SO20 STOCKBRIDGE Stockbridge Test Valley
SO21 WINCHESTER Compton, Colden Common, Hursley, Micheldever, Owslebury, Shawford, South Wonston, Sutton Scotney, Sparsholt, Twyford Winchester
SO22 WINCHESTER Badger Farm, Fulflood, Hursley, Littleton and Harestock, Olivers Battery, Pitt, St Cross (W), Stanmore, Weeke Winchester
SO23 WINCHESTER City Centre, Abbotts Barton, Bar End, Highcliffe, Hyde, St Cross (E), Winnall Winchester
SO24 ALRESFORD New Alresford, Old Alresford, Cheriton, Tichborne Winchester
SO30 SOUTHAMPTON Botley, Hedge End, West End Eastleigh
SO31 SOUTHAMPTON Warsash, Hamble-le-Rice, Locks Heath Netley Abbey Eastleigh, Fareham
SO32 SOUTHAMPTON Bishops Waltham, Corhampton, Droxford, Durley, Exton, Meonstoke, Shedfield, Soberton, Swanmore, Upham, Warnford, Wickham Eastleigh, Winchester
SO40 LYNDHURST, SOUTHAMPTON Totton, Lyndhurst, Cadnam, Marchwood New Forest
SO41 LYMINGTON Milford-on-Sea, Pennington, Boldre, Hordle, Sway New Forest
SO42 BROCKENHURST Beaulieu New Forest
SO43 LYNDHURST New Forest
SO45 SOUTHAMPTON Hythe, Fawley, Blackfield, Calshot, Hardley New Forest
SO50 EASTLEIGH Town Centre, Fair Oak, Bishopstoke, Horton Heath, Eastleigh
SO51 ROMSEY Romsey, Ampfield, Lockerley, Mottisfont, Wellow Test Valley
SO52 SOUTHAMPTON North Baddesley Test Valley
SO53 EASTLEIGH Chandler's Ford Eastleigh, Test Valley

Map[edit]

SO postcode area map, showing postcode districts, post towns and neighbouring postcode areas. BH postcode area GU postcode area PO postcode area RG postcode area SP postcode area
SO postcode area map, showing postcode districts in red and post towns in grey text, with links to nearby BH, GU, PO, RG and SP 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. ^ Royal Mail, Address Management Guide, (2004)
  3. ^ Geographers' A-Z Map Co., Ltd, Street Atlas of Southampton, (1991)
  4. ^ Kelly's Directory (1970) gives the address of the Head Post Office as 59 High Street, SO9 1AA.
  5. ^ "GEO-REFER Learning Resources Repository: Postcodes". University of Southampton. Retrieved 7 August 2009. 
  6. ^ Geographers' A-Z Map Co., Ltd, Street Atlas of Southampton, (1991)