In 1868 the S district was abolished and split between SE and SW., At the same time, the London postal district boundary was retracted in the east, when areas in Essex, around Ilford, became part of other postal towns.  The system was introduced during 1857 and completed on 1 January 1858. In 1889 a County of London, which was smaller than the postal district, was created from parts of Middlesex, Surrey and Kent. The BR, CM, CR, DA, EN, HA, IG, SL, TN, KT, RM, SM, TW, UB, and WD (the 14 outer London postcode areas) comprised the outer area of the London postal region.  The remaining eight letter prefixes (excluding all numbers) were not changed. In 1917, as a wartime measure to improve efficiency, the districts were further subdivided with a number applied to each sub-district. , During the 1860s, following an official report by Anthony Trollope, the E division subsumed the original NE division (which became defunct) and the S division was split into the new SE and SW divisions. The section relating to postal districts reads "The appropriate postal district shall be indicated in the nameplate in signal red". Sewardstone, in postal district E4 and in the Epping Forest District of Essex is anomalously the only place to be outside Greater London but in the London postal area. In 2003 the then Mayor of London expressed support for revision of postal addresses in Greater London. The London postal district includes all of the City of London, Camden, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth and Westminster. AB16 postcode district. Thus sub-districts are a convenient shorthand indicator towards social status, such that a 'desirable' postcode may add significantly to the value of property, and property developers have tried to no avail to have Royal Mail alter the boundaries of postal districts so that new developments will sound as though they are in a richer area, whether in capital, personal income or both. Similarly, there are solely non-geographic suffixed sub-districts for PO boxes in NW1 (e.g. Honeypot Close in the London Borough of Harrow is within NW9 postcode, the only address in the Borough which is inside the London Postal District; see: Template:Attached KML/London postal district, "Walthamstow: Transport and postal services", "Mayor answers to London: London postal address", "Area and Property Guide for n11 - Mouseprice", http://www.londontravelwatch.org.uk/document/10759/get, "Names of Streets and Places in the London Postal area", Establishment of London postal districts – mailing list discussion, Map of London in 1859 with NE and S districts shown, Clickable map of London districts with coordinates, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=London_postal_district&oldid=977692106, Articles with dead external links from January 2018, Articles with permanently dead external links, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 10 September 2020, at 11:10. It was integrated by the Post Office into the national postcode system of the United Kingdom during the early 1970s and corresponds to the N, NW, SW, SE, W, WC, E and EC postcode areas. In 1856, of the 470 million items of mail sent in the United Kingdom during the year, approximately one fifth (100 million) were for delivery in London and half of these (50 million items) also originated there. Here's a complete list of UK postcode districts, available as … The General Post Office at the control of the Postmaster General directed Sir Rowland Hill to devise the area in 1856 and throughout its history has been subject to gradual periodic reorganisation and division into increasingly smaller postal units, with the early loss of two compass pointsand a minor retraction in 1866. The bulk of 40 fringe sub-districts (having been numbered in 1917) lay outside its boundary including, for example: Leyton, Ealing, Totteridge and Wimbledon. For … Parliament, which first established the London postal district, then created the narrower County of London (1889–1965) and replaced it with the much larger Greater London. The presentation of the postal districts on street signs in London is commonplace, although not universal as each borough is individually responsible for street signs. London Changes Too Costly.".  Exceptionally, W2 and SW11 are also 'head districts'. The wider metropolitan postal area covered parts of Middlesex, Surrey, Kent, Essex and Hertfordshire. Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Harrow, Hounslow, Kingston upon Thames, Merton, Redbridge, and Richmond upon Thames are partly in the postal district. In 1866, NE was abolished; large districts transferred to E included Walthamstow, Wanstead and Leytonstone.