EC postcode area

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London EC postcode area
EC is located in the United Kingdom
EC
Postcode areaEC
Postcode area nameLondon EC
Post towns1
Postcode districts30
Postcode sectors140
Postcodes (live)4,417
Postcodes (total)12,243
Statistics as at February 2012[1]
 
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London EC postcode area
EC is located in the United Kingdom
EC
Postcode areaEC
Postcode area nameLondon EC
Post towns1
Postcode districts30
Postcode sectors140
Postcodes (live)4,417
Postcodes (total)12,243
Statistics as at February 2012[1]

The EC (Eastern Central) postcode area, also known as the London EC postcode area,[2] is a group of postcode districts in central London, England. It includes almost all of the City of London and parts of the London Boroughs of Islington, Camden, Hackney and Tower Hamlets. The area covered is of very high density development. Deliveries for the EC postcode area are made from the Mount Pleasant office.[citation needed]

Postal administration[edit]

The current postcode districts are relatively recent divisions of the EC1, EC2, EC3 and EC4 districts established in 1917. Where the districts are used for purposes other than the sorting of mail, such as use as a geographic reference and on street signs, they continue to be commonly grouped into these four 'districts'.

List of postcode districts[edit]

Postcode districtPost townCoverageLocal authority area
EC1ALONDONSt Bartholomew's HospitalCity of London, Islington
EC1MLONDONClerkenwell, FarringdonIslington, Camden, City of London
EC1NLONDONHatton GardenCamden, City of London
EC1PLONDONNon-geographic postcode district
EC1RLONDONFinsbury, Finsbury Estate (west)Islington, Camden
EC1VLONDONFinsbury (east), Moorfields Eye HospitalIslington, Hackney
EC1YLONDONSt Luke's, Bunhill FieldsIslington, City of London
EC2ALONDONShoreditchHackney|AKA
EC2MLONDONBroadgate, Liverpool StreetCity of London
EC2NLONDONOld Broad Street, Tower 42City of London
EC2PLONDONNon-geographic postcode district
EC2RLONDONBank of EnglandCity of London
EC2VLONDONGuildhallCity of London
EC2YLONDONBarbicanCity of London
EC3ALONDONSt Mary Axe, AldgateCity of London
EC3MLONDONLloyd's of London, Fenchurch StreetCity of London
EC3NLONDONTower Hill, Tower of LondonTower Hamlets, City of London
EC3PLONDONNon-geographic postcode district
EC3RLONDONMonument, BillingsgateCity of London
EC3VLONDONCornhill, Gracechurch Street, Lombard StreetCity of London
EC4ALONDONFetter LaneCity of London
EC4MLONDONSt Paul'sCity of London
EC4NLONDONMansion HouseCity of London
EC4PLONDONNon-geographic postcode district
EC4RLONDONCannon StreetCity of London
EC4VLONDONBlackfriarsCity of London
EC4YLONDONTempleCity of London
EC50LONDONNon-geographic postcode district

Boundaries[edit]

EC1[edit]

The EC1 postcode district (51°31′23″N 0°05′31″W / 51.523°N 0.092°W / 51.523; -0.092 (EC1)) is roughly bounded by City Road to the north, Aldersgate Street to the east, Chiswell Street and Newgate Street to the south, and Rosebery Avenue to the west. A long thin protrusion to the north east takes in all of Old Street. Taking in the districts of Clerkenwell, Finsbury, the Barbican Estate and the northwestern corner of the City of London from St Paul's Cathedral.[3]

EC2[edit]

The EC2 postcode district (51°31′05″N 0°05′02″W / 51.518°N 0.084°W / 51.518; -0.084 (EC2)) is roughly bounded by Old Street to the north, Bishopsgate to the east, Cheapside, Poultry and Threadneedle Street to the south, and Aldersgate to the west. The postcode district includes Moorgate, Finsbury Circus and Liverpool Street and roughly covers the northeastern corner of the City of London from St Paul's Cathedral. To the north there are small sections in the London Borough of Islington and the London Borough of Hackney.[4]

EC3[edit]

The EC3 postcode district (51°30′29″N 0°04′34″W / 51.508°N 0.076°W / 51.508; -0.076 (EC3)) is roughly bounded by Minories and the Tower of London to the east, the River Thames to the south, London Bridge and Threadneedle Street to the west and Houndsditch to the north. It includes the Monument, Aldgate, Cornhill, Fenchurch Street, Gracechurch Street, Leadenhall Street, Lombard Street, Mincing Lane, Pudding Lane and Tower Hill and roughly covers the southeastern corner of the City of London. A small part is in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, including the Tower of London.[5]

EC4[edit]

The EC4 postcode district (51°30′40″N 0°05′53″W / 51.511°N 0.098°W / 51.511; -0.098 (EC4)) is roughly bounded by Cheapside to the north, London Bridge to the east, the River Thames to the south and Chancery Lane to the west. It roughly covers the southwestern corner of the City of London, including Fleet Street, Temple, Blackfriars, and St Paul's Cathedral.[6]

Map[edit]

EC postcode area map, showing postcode districts, post towns and neighbouring postcode areas.E postcode areaN postcode areaSE postcode areaWC postcode area
EC postcode area map, showing postcode districts in red and post towns in grey text, with links to nearby E, N, SE and WC postcode areas.

See also[edit]

References[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 (2004). Address Management Guide (4 ed.). Royal Mail Group. 
  3. ^ "EC1". The Postcodes Project. Museum of London. Retrieved 23 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "EC2". The Postcodes Project. Museum of London. Retrieved 23 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "EC3". The Postcodes Project. Museum of London. Retrieved 23 March 2010. 
  6. ^ "EC4". The Postcodes Project. Museum of London. Retrieved 23 March 2010.