Postcode district boundaries: Google
|Ilford postcode area|
|Postcode area name||Ilford|
|Statistics as at February 2012|
The IG postcode area, also known as the Ilford and Barking postcode area, 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|
|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|
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. 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.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.