|Postcode area E|
Post towns 1
Postcode sectors 108
|Postcode area name London E|
Postcode districts 22
Postcodes (live) 15,920
The E (Eastern) postcode area, also known as the London E postcode area, is the part of the London post town covering much of the eastern part of Greater London, England and also Sewardstone in Essex. Since the closure of the East London mail centre during the summer of 2012, inward mail for the E postcode area is now sorted at Romford Mail Centre, with the IG and RM postcode area mail.
The current E postcode area was originally formed in 1866 as a merger of the E and NE areas created in 1858. In 1917, the postal districts were numbered alphabetically by their location; the districts usually cover a wider area than their names might suggest. As of 2004, the district names do not form part of the postal address. Due to high demand, sector 9 of the E1 postcode district was split and recoded in 1999 to create an E1W postcode district around Wapping; the rest of the district did not gain an additional character. Where districts are used for purposes other than the sorting of mail, such as use as a geographic reference and on street signs, E1 and E1W continue to be classed as one "district". The E postcode area contains two non-geographic postcode districts for high-volume business users, E77 and E98.
The Eastern District Office is located on Whitechapel Road and was the eastern terminus for the former London Post Office Railway, which has been mothballed since 2003. The railway ran 10.5 kilometres (6.5 mi) to the Paddington Head District Sorting Office.
The E20 postcode has been used fictionally as the postcode on the television soap-opera series EastEnders. However, it became a real postcode in 2011, being created for the new Olympic Park in Stratford, site of the 2012 Summer Olympics, from within the E15 postcode.
List of postcode districts
The approximate coverage of the postcode districts, with the historic postal district names shown in italics:
The E1 postcode district has a River Thames frontage to the south and is central to London. Postcode districts E6, E14 and E16 also have river frontages in the south. The River Roding and the North Circular Road form part of the boundary in the east. The postcode area maps roughly to the combined area of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, London Borough of Newham and London Borough of Waltham Forest. The eastern part of the London Borough of Hackney, western sections of the London Borough of Redbridge (E11, E12, E18) and London Borough of Barking and Dagenham (E6), and a small part of the Epping Forest district of Essex (E4) are within the postcode area.
The postcode area does not cover all of East London. The postcode area is a sub-set of East London, with notable exclusions: