Postcode Area
Files by Region

Postcode Areas  

A great budget and size saving idea. Instead of taking the full UK postcode address file consisting of well over 28 million addresses, why not take a region, you can order every address beginning with the area prefix of your choice...

When you order a region you'll receive each of the postcode areas files listed for that region.  For example, when ordering EAST ANGLIA, you'll receive a compressed file containing 15 postcode area files (AL = St. Albans, Hertfordshire, • CB = Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, • CM = Chelmsford, Essex, • CO = Colchester, Essex, • EN = Enfield, Middlesex, • IG = Ilford and Barking, Essex, • IP = Ipswich, Suffolk, • LU = Luton, Bedfordshire, • MK = Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, • NR = Norwich, Norfolk, • PE = Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, • RM = Romford, Essex, • SG = Stevenage, Hertfordshire, • SS = Southend-on-Sea, Essex, • WD = Watford, Hertfordshire)

Each area file includes a full list of business and residential addresses within the postcode area.

The postcode address lists can be used for direct marketing and other applications including direct mail and data cleaning. This is the only official address database and is sourced directly from Royal MailThe Postcode Address List or PAF file as it is otherwise known, is without any doubt the definitive most up-to-date and complete address database in the UK.

Benefits
Clean addresses
Cheaper source as a mailing file
Reduce postage costs through Mailsort, Presstream and Cleanmail
Reduce the amount of undelivered mail
Preservation of brand image
Improved accuracy of customer and prospect analysis
Great for analysis
Perfect for grid referencing
Address Data Fields
Organisation Name
Department Name
PO Box
Building / House Name
Sub Building Name
Building Number
Thoroughfare
Street Name
Double Dependent Locality
Dependent Locality
Post Town
Postcode
Postcode Type
DPS
SU Organisation Flag (blank if residential)
Grid Reference (optional)
Coverage

The Postcode Address list covers every known address in the area you choose.  A sample of the PAF can be found by following the link at the top of this page, this will also provide you with the data fields that are provided for each record.

Supply Format
The PAF file is supplied as a Comma Separated Variable (CSV) delimited text file using double quotes by default. This field format will open very easily using almost any software application including but not limited to Excel, Word, Notepad, Access, SQL etc. Due to the size of the file, older versions of Excel may not be an option as Excel limits any file size to around 65,000 rows / records.

Delivery
The Postcode Address File (PAF) is by default emailed at the time of order using a secure download link delivery method. If you require the PAF supplied in another format then we will be more than happy to accommodate you where humanly reasonable to do so at no extra cost.

Licensing
PAF is licensed annually for each user that has access to it. Options for system licences and internet licences are also available.

Accuracy
The Postcode Address list is the most up-to-date and complete address database available and contains a mixture of business and residential sites. For your licence fee you will receive the very latest file which will be valid for 12 months use and this includes quarterly updates to ensure it stays up to date.

 

Regions:

The UK postcode areas are listed below and arranged by region.  Please select a region to add it to your shopping cart.

EAST ANGLIA
• AL = St. Albans, Hertfordshire
• CB = Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
• CM = Chelmsford, Essex
• CO = Colchester, Essex
• EN = Enfield, Middlesex
• IG = Ilford and Barking, Essex
• IP = Ipswich, Suffolk
• LU = Luton, Bedfordshire
• MK = Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
• NR = Norwich, Norfolk
• PE = Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
• RM = Romford, Essex
• SG = Stevenage, Hertfordshire
• SS = Southend-on-Sea, Essex
• WD = Watford, Hertfordshire
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THE MIDLANDS
• B = Birmingham, West Midlands
• CV = Coventry, West Midlands
• DE = Derby, Derbyshire
• DY = Dudley, West Midlands
• LE = Leicester, Leicestershire
• NG = Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
• NN = Northampton, Northamptonshire
• ST = Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
• WS = Walsall, West Midlands
• WV = Wolverhampton, West Midlands
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NORTH EAST ENGLAND
• BD = Bradford, West Yorkshire
• DH = Durham, County Durham
• DL = Darlington, North Yorkshire
• DN = Doncaster, South Yorkshire
• HD = Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
• HG = Harrogate, North Yorkshire
• HU = Hull, North Humberside
• HX = Halifax, West Yorkshire
• LN = Lincoln, Lincolnshire
• LS = Leeds, West Yorkshire
• NE = Newcastle, Tyne and Wear
• S = Sheffield, South Yorkshire
• SR = Sunderland, Tyne and Wear
• TS = Teesside, Cleveland
• WF = Wakefield, West Yorkshire
• YO = York, North Yorkshire
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NORTH WEST ENGLAND
• BB = Blackburn, Lancashire
• BL = Blackpool, Lancashire
• CA = Carlisle, Cumbria
• CH = Chester, Cheshire
• CW = Crewe, Cheshire
• FY = Blackpool, Lancashire
• L = Liverpool, Merseyside
• LA = Lancaster, Lancashire
• M = Manchester, Lancashire
• OL = Oldham, Lancashire
• PR = Preston, Lancashire
• SK = Stockport, Cheshire
• SY = Shrewsbury, Shropshire
• TF = Telford, Shropshire
• WA = Warrington, Cheshire
• WN = Wigan, Lancashire
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LONDON
• E = East London
• EC = City of London
• N = North London
• NW = North West London
• SE = South East London
• SW = South West London
• W = West End, London
• WC = West Central London
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SOUTH CENTRAL ENGLAND
• GU = Guildford, Surrey
• HA = Harrow, Middlesex
• HP = Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
• OX = Oxford, Oxfordshire
• PO = Portsmouth, Hampshire
• RG = Reading, Berkshire
• SL = Slough, Buckinghamshire
• SN = Swindon, Wiltshire
• SO = Southampton, Hampshire
• SP = Salisbury, Wiltshire
• UB = Southall and Uxbridge, Middlesex
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SOUTH EAST ENGLAND
• BA = Bath, Avon
• BN = Brighton, East Sussex
• BR = Bromley, Kent
• CR = Croydon, Surrey
• CT = Canterbury, Kent
• DA = Dartford, Kent
• KT = Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey
• ME = Medway, Kent
• RH = Redhill, Surrey
• SM = Sutton, Surrey
• TN = Tonbridge, Kent
• TW = Twickenham, Middlesex
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SOUTH WEST ENGLAND
• BH = Bournemouth, Dorset
• BS = Bristol, Avon
• DT = Dorchester, Dorset
• EX = Exeter, Devon
• GL = Gloucester, Gloucestershire
• HR = Hereford, Herefordshire
• PL = Plymouth, Devon
• TA = Taunton, Somerset
• TQ = Torquay, Devon
• TR = Truro, Cornwall
• WR = Worcester, Worcestershire
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WALES
• CF = Cardiff, South Glamorgan
• LD = Llandrindod Wells, Powys
• LL = Llandudno, Clwyd
• NP = Newport, Gwent
• SA = Swansea, West Glamorgan
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NORTHERN IRELAND
• BT = Belfast
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SCOTLAND
• AB = Aberdeen
• DD = Dundee, Angus
• DG = Dumfries and Galloway
• EH = Edinburgh, Midlothian
• FK = Falkirk, Stirlingshire
• G = Glasgow, Lanarkshire
• HS = Isle Of Lewis, Outer Hebrides
• IV = Inverness
• KA = Kilmarnock and Ayr, Ayrshire
• KW = Kirkwall, Caithness
• KY = Kirkcaldy, Fife
• ML = Motherwell, Lanarkshire
• PA = Paisley, Renfrewshire
• PH = Perth, Perthshire
• TD = Galashiels, Selkirkshire
• ZE = Shetland Islands
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ISLANDS
• GY = Guernsey, Channel Islands
• JE = Jersey, Channel Islands
• IM = Isle Of Man
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Outputs

The data will be released in a Comma Separated Variable (CSV) format so that it opens in Excel, Word and many other software applications. If you prefer the data can be sent in an alternate format (let us know once you've ordered and we will do our best to supply in the format you need free of charge). The list of Addresses can be downloaded from our site or emailed just a few moments after ordering.

 
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