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IG Postcode Area

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Ilford postcode area
IG is located in the United Kingdom
Postcode area IG
Postcode area name Ilford
Post towns 6
Postcode districts 11
Postcode sectors 35
Postcodes (live) 6,039
Postcodes (total) 9,460
Statistics as at February 2012[1]

The IG postcode area, also known as the Ilford and Barking postcode area,[2] is a group of 11 postcode districts in England, which are subdivisions of six post towns. These postcode districts cover parts of eastern Greater London and southwest Essex. Inward mail for the IG postcode area is sorted at the Romford Mail Centre along with the E and RM postcode area mail.

The area served includes much of the London Borough of Redbridge, the western part of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham (namely Barking) and the southwestern part of the Epping Forest district of Essex, while the western part of IG8 covers a small part of the London Borough of Waltham Forest.

The 'IG' is used instead of 'IL', as the latter could be confused with '11' or 'LL'. It is sometimes said that IG stands for Ilford, Greater London or that the G stands for the last letter in Barking, which is situated in IG11.


The approximate coverage of the postcode districts:

Postcode district Post town Coverage Local authority area
IG1 ILFORD Ilford, Cranbrook, Loxford Redbridge
IG2 ILFORD Gants Hill, Newbury Park, Aldborough Hatch Redbridge
IG3 ILFORD Seven Kings, Goodmayes Redbridge
IG4 ILFORD Redbridge Redbridge
IG5 ILFORD Clayhall Redbridge
IG6 ILFORD Barkingside, Fullwell Cross, Hainault (south), Fairlop Redbridge
IG7 CHIGWELL Chigwell, Chigwell Row, Hainault (north) Epping Forest, Redbridge
IG8 WOODFORD GREEN Woodford Green, Woodford Bridge, Highams Park (part) Redbridge, Waltham Forest
IG9 BUCKHURST HILL Buckhurst Hill Epping Forest
IG10 LOUGHTON Loughton, High Beach (part) Epping Forest
IG11 BARKING Barking, Creekmouth Barking and Dagenham

Ilford, London E19

In April 2005, a local businessman Wilson Chowdhry started a campaign to have IG1 postcodes changed to London E19, on the pretext that Ilford is part of London and that IG1 is not always recognized as a 'London postcode'. He argued that so doing would help local businesses. A Royal Mail spokesman, however, said campaigners in Ilford had "virtually no hope" of changing their postcode.[3] This had previously been raised by the then Greater London Council politician Serge Lourie in the 1970s and similarly rejected. Ilford had been removed from the London postal district in 1866.[4]While IG is technically an Essex postcode, upon the creation of Greater London, much of the areas (in this case, IG1 to IG6 and IG11) once in surrounding counties such as Essex were dissolved into Greater London. This does, however, mean that post in IG1-6 is usually addressed as Ilford, Essex rather than Ilford, Greater London, although inclusion of the post county is technically no longer required following the abolition of the post counties in 1996.


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IG postcode area map, showing postcode districts, post towns and neighbouring postcode areas.CM postcode areaDA postcode areaE postcode areaEN postcode areaN postcode areaRM postcode areaSE postcode areaSE postcode area
IG postcode area map, showing postcode districts in red and post towns in grey text, with links to nearby CM, DA, E, EN, RM and SE postcode areas.

The southern boundary is the River Thames. Part of the western boundary is the North Circular Road and the River Roding.

See also


  1. ^ "ONS Postcode Directory Version Notes" (ZIP). National Statistics Postcode Products. Office for National Statistics. February 2012. Table 2. Retrieved 2012.  Coordinates from mean of unit postcode points, "Code-Point Open". OS OpenData. Ordnance Survey. February 2012. Retrieved 2012. 
  2. ^ Royal Mail, Address Management Guide, (2004)
  3. ^ "The power of the postcode". BBC Online. 2005-04-05. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ Little Ilford, A History of the County of Essex: Volume 6 (1973), pp. 163-174. Date accessed: 14 December 2007.

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