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Postcode district boundaries:

Template:Attached KML/IG postcode area
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IG is located in the United Kingdom
Coordinates: 51°35′13″N 0°04′19″E / 51.587°N 0.072°E / 51.587; 0.072
CountryUnited Kingdom
Postcode area
Postcode area name
Post towns6
Postcode districts11
Postcode sectors35
Postcodes (live)5,979
Postcodes (total)10,011
Statistics as at May 2020[1]

The IG postcode area, also known as the Ilford postcode area,[2] is a group of eleven postcode districts in England, within six post towns. These cover parts of eastern Greater London and south-west Essex. Inward mail for the area is sorted, along with mail for the E and RM postcode areas, at the Romford Mail Centre.

The area served includes much of the London Borough of Redbridge, the western part of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, and the southwestern part of the Epping Forest district of Essex, while the western part of IG8 and IG11 covers a small part of the London Borough of Waltham Forest, and the London Borough of Newham.

The area uses "IG" rather than "IL", as the latter could be misread as "LL" or "L1". The "G" is derived from the final letter of the adjacent postal town Barking, a feature shared with the SM postcode area, where the chosen letters also appear to combine the names of two neighbouring places.


The approximate coverage of the postcode districts:

Postcode district Post town Coverage Local authority area(s)
IG1 ILFORD Ilford, Cranbrook, Loxford (part) 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, Barking Riverside, Beckton (part), Creekmouth, Loxford (part), Thames View, Upney Barking and Dagenham, Newham, Redbridge

* covered by Woodford Green Royal Mail Delivery Office [3]

Ilford campaign

In 2005, a local businessman named Wilson Chowdhry led a campaign for Ilford's IG1 postcode to be changed to E19. Although Ilford has been part of Greater London since 1965, it is not within the London post town. Chowdhry argued that the IG1 postcode confused customers, and that a London E postcode would help bring more business into Ilford. However, a Royal Mail spokesman said that the campaign had "virtually no hope" of succeeding, as postcodes are only changed for operational reasons.[4]

A similar plea had been raised in the 1970s by Greater London Council politician Serge Lourie, and similarly rejected. Ilford had been part of the original E division of the London postal district from 1857 until 1866.[5]


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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.

See also


  1. ^ "ONS Postcode Directory Version Notes" (ZIP). National Statistics Postcode Products. Office for National Statistics. May 2020. Table 2. Retrieved 19 June 2020. Coordinates from mean of unit postcode points, "Code-Point Open". OS OpenData. Ordnance Survey. February 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
  2. ^ Royal Mail,Ilford Grounds area, Address Management Guide, (2004)
  3. ^ "List of UK Delivery Offices - a Freedom of Information request to Royal Mail Group Limited" (PDF). 10 February 2009.
  4. ^ Scrivens, Louise (5 April 2005). "The power of the postcode". BBC News. Retrieved 5 April 2005.
  5. ^ Powell, W.R., ed. (1973). A History of the County of Essex: Volume 6. Victoria County History. pp. 163–174. Retrieved 14 December 2007.