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M is located in the United Kingdom
Coordinates: 53°28′37″N 2°16′12″W / 53.477°N 2.270°W / 53.477; -2.270
CountryUnited Kingdom
Postcode area
Postcode area name
Post towns3
Postcode districts48
Postcode sectors302
Postcodes (live)31,686
Postcodes (total)58,623
Statistics as at May 2020[1]

The M postcode area, also known as the Manchester postcode area,[2] is a group of postcode districts in the North West of England.

The districts are subdivisions of three post towns: Manchester, Salford and Sale and cover parts of all ten boroughs of Greater Manchester, primarily the cities of Manchester and Salford and the majority of the borough of Trafford. The M postcode area is one of six with a population above 1 million.[3]



The approximate coverage of the postcode districts:

Postcode district Post town Coverage Local authority area(s)
M1 MANCHESTER Piccadilly, City Centre, Market Street Manchester
M2 MANCHESTER Deansgate, City Centre Manchester
(Sectors 1, 2, 3, 4 and 9)
MANCHESTER City Centre, Deansgate, Castlefield Manchester
(Sectors 5, 6 and 7)
SALFORD Blackfriars, Greengate, Trinity Salford
M4 MANCHESTER Ancoats, Northern Quarter, Strangeways Manchester
M5 SALFORD Ordsall, Seedley, Weaste, University Salford
M6 SALFORD Pendleton, Irlams o' th' Height, Langworthy, Seedley, Charlestown Salford
M7 SALFORD Higher Broughton, Cheetwood, Lower Broughton, Kersal Salford
M8 MANCHESTER Crumpsall, Cheetham Hill Manchester
M9 MANCHESTER Harpurhey, Blackley Manchester
M11 MANCHESTER Clayton, Openshaw, Beswick Manchester
M12 MANCHESTER Ardwick, Longsight, Chorlton-on-Medlock Manchester
M13 MANCHESTER Ardwick, Longsight, Chorlton-on-Medlock Manchester
M14 MANCHESTER Fallowfield, Moss Side, Ladybarn, Rusholme, Victoria Park, Longsight Manchester
M15 MANCHESTER Hulme, Manchester Science Park, Old Trafford Manchester, Trafford
M16 MANCHESTER Firswood, Old Trafford, Whalley Range, Moss Side Manchester, Trafford
M17 MANCHESTER Trafford Park, The Trafford Centre Trafford
M18 MANCHESTER Abbey Hey, Gorton Manchester
M19 MANCHESTER Levenshulme, Burnage Manchester, Stockport
M20 MANCHESTER Didsbury, Withington Manchester
M21 MANCHESTER Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Barlow Moor Manchester
M22 MANCHESTER Wythenshawe, Northenden, Sharston Industrial Area Manchester
M23 MANCHESTER Baguley, Brooklands, Roundthorn Industrial Estate Manchester, Trafford
M24 MANCHESTER Middleton, Alkrington, Chadderton Rochdale, Oldham
M25 MANCHESTER Prestwich, Sedgley Park, Simister Bury
M26 MANCHESTER Radcliffe, Stoneclough Bury, Bolton
M27 MANCHESTER Swinton, Clifton, Pendlebury, Wardley, Agecroft Salford
M28 MANCHESTER Worsley, Walkden, Boothstown, Mosley Common, Wardley Industrial Estate Salford, Wigan
M29 MANCHESTER Tyldesley, Astley Wigan
M30 MANCHESTER Eccles, Monton, Peel Green, Winton, Patricroft, Barton-upon-Irwell, Ellesmere Park Salford
M31 MANCHESTER Carrington, Partington Trafford
M32 MANCHESTER Stretford Trafford
M33 SALE Sale, Brooklands Trafford, Manchester
M34 MANCHESTER Denton, Audenshaw Tameside
M35 MANCHESTER Failsworth Oldham
M38 MANCHESTER Little Hulton Salford
M40 MANCHESTER Collyhurst, Miles Platting, Moston, New Moston, Newton Heath Manchester
M41 MANCHESTER Urmston, Davyhulme, Flixton, Trafford Park Trafford
M43 MANCHESTER Droylsden Tameside
M44 MANCHESTER Irlam, Cadishead Salford
M45 MANCHESTER Whitefield Bury
M46 MANCHESTER Atherton, Over Hulton Wigan, Bolton
M50 SALFORD Salford Quays, MediaCityUK Salford
(Sectors 1 and 7)
MANCHESTER Large user and PO Box (located geographically in M1) Manchester
(Sectors 2 and 8)
MANCHESTER Large user and PO Box (located geographically in M2) Manchester
(Sectors 3 and 9)
MANCHESTER Large user and PO Box (located geographically in M3) Manchester
(Sectors 4 and 0)
MANCHESTER Large user and PO Box (located geographically in M4) Manchester
(Sectors 5 and 6)
MANCHESTER Manchester X Manchester
(Sector 9)
SALFORD Large user and PO Box Salford
M61 MANCHESTER Manchester X Manchester
M90 MANCHESTER Manchester Airport Manchester
M99 MANCHESTER Victoria, Manchester X Manchester


  • M10 was recoded to M40 in 1993. Today, M10 is the postcode district for the fictional town of Weatherfield in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street, with the eponymous street having the postcode M10 9KC.[4]
  • Part of M30 was recoded to M44 in 1994 including Cadishead and Irlam.
  • Part of M31 was recoded to M41 in 1994 including Davyhulme, Flixton and Urmston.
  • The Trafford Centre was allocated the sector M17 8 (it is surrounded by the M41 district).
  • The M90 designation has served Manchester Airport since 1994.

The M50 district of Salford was formed out of west of M5 in 2002.[5]


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M postcode area map, showing postcode districts, post towns and neighbouring postcode areas.BL postcode areaCW postcode areaOL postcode areaSK postcode areaWA postcode areaWN postcode area
M postcode area map, showing postcode districts in red and post towns in grey text, with links to nearby BL, OL, SK, WA and WN postcode areas.

Former scheme


Before the introduction of postcodes in the 1960s, Manchester along with other major cities like Birmingham, Liverpool and Sheffield was divided into numbered postcode districts. With a few exceptions these numbers made up the outcode (the first part of the postcode). The districts were based on Manchester and Salford together and districts outside the city boundaries were also included.

For example, the City Centre had postcode districts 1–4 (north-east, south, west and north-west respectively: Manchester 1 was around Piccadilly and 4 was around Victoria). 5, 6, 7 and 8 were in Salford and then the sequence continued across north Manchester and so round to M17 (Trafford Park). M18 onwards were further out still.

See also



  1. ^ "ONS Postcode Directory Version Notes" (ZIP). National Statistics Postcode Products. Office for National Statistics. May 2020. Table 2. Retrieved 19 June 2020. 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 Edition 4, (2004)
  3. ^ "FOI request: Population for every postcode district in England and Wales". The National Archives. Archived from the original on 5 January 2016. Retrieved 26 April 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  4. ^ "Renting TV's most famous properties". TNT Magazine. 9 February 2017. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Royal Mail Postcode Update 34". Beacon Dodsworth. Retrieved 22 April 2017.