IG postcode area

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Postcode district boundaries:

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Ilford postcode area
IG is located in the United Kingdom
Postcode areaIG
Postcode area nameIlford
Post towns6
Postcode districts11
Postcode sectors35
Postcodes (live)6,039
Postcodes (total)9,460
Statistics as at February 2012[1]

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.[2] 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
IG4 ILFORD Redbridge Redbridge
IG5 ILFORD Clayhall 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[edit]

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.[3] "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:

Ilford had been removed from the London postal district in 1866.[5]


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IG postcode area map, showing postcode districts, post towns and neighbouring postcode areas.CM postcode areaDA postcode areaE postcode areaEN postcode areaN postcode areaRM postcode areaSE postcode areaSE postcode area
IG postcode area map, showing postcode districts in red and post towns in grey text, with links to nearby CM, DA, E, EN, RM and SE postcode areas.

The southern boundary is the River Thames. Part of the western boundary is the North Circular Road and the River Roding.

See also[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. ^ "The power of the postcode". BBC Online. 5 April 2005. Retrieved 7 April 2007.
  4. ^ HC Deb, 23 June 1910 cc5007-75
  5. ^ Little Ilford, A History of the County of Essex: Volume 6 (1973), pp. 163-174. Date accessed: 14 December 2007.

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