IG postcode area
Postcode district boundaries:
|Ilford postcode area|
|Postcode area name||Ilford|
|Statistics as at February 2012|
The IG postcode area, also known as the Ilford postcode area, is a group of 11 postcode districts in England, which are subdivisions of six post towns. These cover parts of east London and southwest Essex.
The area served includes much of the London Borough of Redbridge, the western part of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham (namely Barking) and the southwestern part of the Epping Forest district of Essex, while the western part of IG8 covers a small part of the London Borough of Waltham Forest.
The 'IG' is used instead of 'IL', as the latter could be confused with 'L11-L19' or 'LL1-9'. G was chosen in preference to J (or F as within the word Ilford) to reflect Chigwell and Barking in its area.
Mail is assigned to local Delivery Offices at Romford along with the E and RM postcode area mail.
The approximate coverage of the postcode districts:
|Postcode district||Post town||Coverage||Local authority area|
|IG1||ILFORD||Ilford, Cranbrook, Loxford||Redbridge|
|IG2||ILFORD||Gants Hill, Newbury Park, Aldborough Hatch||Redbridge|
|IG3||ILFORD||Seven Kings, Goodmayes||Redbridge|
|IG6||ILFORD||Barkingside, Fullwell Cross, Hainault (south), Fairlop||Redbridge|
|IG7||CHIGWELL||Chigwell, Chigwell Row, Hainault (north)||Epping Forest, Redbridge|
|IG8||WOODFORD GREEN||Woodford Green, Woodford Bridge, Highams Park (part)||Redbridge, Waltham Forest|
|IG9||BUCKHURST HILL||Buckhurst Hill||Epping Forest|
|IG10||LOUGHTON||Loughton, High Beach (part)||Epping Forest|
|IG11||BARKING||Barking, Creekmouth||Barking and Dagenham|
Ilford, London E19
In 2005, businessman Wilson Chowdhry made the third public plea for IG1-IG6 postcodes to change to London, such as vacant E19, since Ilford is part of London and is not in the London post town. He argued that so doing would help local businesses. A Royal Mail spokesman countered that campaigners had "virtually no hope" of this succeeding. "Greater London" can optionally be added to all places in Greater London. The legacy of postal counties (abolished and redundant in 1996) means all IG postcodes are mainly linked with Essex and little associated with London among people, especially those detached from local government, who had formed their perceptions by that year.
Earlier pleas was raised by:
- Stephen Collins, MP for Kennington, in 1910 as to expansion of the recognised metropolitan postal area.
- Greater London Council politician Serge Lourie in the 1970s.
Ilford had been removed from the London postal district in 1866.
- "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.
- Royal Mail, Address Management Guide, (2004)
- "The power of the postcode". BBC Online. 5 April 2005. Retrieved 7 April 2007.
- HC Deb, 23 June 1910 cc5007-75
- Little Ilford, A History of the County of Essex: Volume 6 (1973), pp. 163-174. Date accessed: 14 December 2007.