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The postal code system in the UK can pinpoint a location precisely and is therefore used for accurate information about location.
The system is made up of a series of 5, 6 or 7 letters and numbers:
The first letter or two letters indicate the general location. In London postcodes use the points of a compass making it is easy to know approximately where a building is:
Two 'compass' postcodes which are not in London are NE (Newcastle) and S (Sheffield).
The surrounding areas of London have the following postcodes:
The postal districts E1, N1, SE1, SW1, W1 are all in central London and the following districts in each postcode series are usually in alphabetical order.
Differences occur in SE postal districts because the S areas were include in SE when they were merged.
Postcodes around the country begin with the letters of the local post office district, for example BT for Belfast, CF for Cardiff, EH for Edinburgh, and M for Manchester.