Template:Attached KML/OL postcode area
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OL is located in the United Kingdom
Coordinates: 53°34′59″N 2°07′30″W / 53.583°N 2.125°W / 53.583; -2.125
CountryUnited Kingdom
Postcode area
Postcode area name
Post towns7
Postcode districts17
Postcode sectors70
Postcodes (live)13,044
Postcodes (total)17,647
Statistics as at May 2020[1]

The OL postcode area, also known as the Oldham postcode area,[2] is a group of sixteen postcode districts in north-west England, within seven post towns. These cover eastern Greater Manchester (including Oldham, Rochdale, Ashton-under-Lyne, Heywood and Littleborough), plus small parts of east Lancashire (including Bacup) and western West Yorkshire (including Todmorden).


The approximate coverage of the postcode districts are:

Postcode district Post town Coverage Local authority area(s)
OL1 OLDHAM Chadderton, Higginshaw, Oldham Oldham
OL2 OLDHAM Heyside, Royton, Shaw Oldham
OL3 OLDHAM Delph, Denshaw, Diggle, Dobcross, Greenfield, Uppermill Oldham
OL4 OLDHAM Austerlands, Grasscroft, Grotton, Lees, Lydgate, Oldham, Scouthead, Springhead, Waterhead Oldham
OL5 ASHTON-UNDER-LYNE Mossley, Mossley Cross Tameside
OL6 ASHTON-UNDER-LYNE Ashton-under-Lyne (centre and east) Tameside
OL7 ASHTON-UNDER-LYNE Ashton-under-Lyne (west) Tameside
OL8 OLDHAM Bardsley, Oldham Oldham
OL9 OLDHAM Chadderton, Oldham, Westwood, Freehold Oldham
OL10 HEYWOOD Heywood Rochdale
OL11 ROCHDALE Rochdale (south), Ashworth, Balderstone, Castleton, Norden Rochdale
OL12 ROCHDALE Rochdale (north), Buckley, Facit, Great Howarth, Healy, Hurstead, Shawforth, Wardle, Whitworth Rochdale, Rossendale
OL13 BACUP Bacup, Britannia, Stacksteads Rossendale
OL14 TODMORDEN Cornholme, Todmorden, Eastwood, Walsden Calderdale
OL15 LITTLEBOROUGH Littleborough, Shore, Smithybridge, Summit Rochdale
OL16 LITTLEBOROUGH non-geographic[3][4]
OL16 ROCHDALE Rochdale (east), Burnedge, Firgrove, Hurstead, Milnrow, Smallbridge, Thornham Rochdale
OL95 OLDHAM British Gas non-geographic[3]


Template:Attached KML/OL postcode area
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OL postcode area map, showing postcode districts, post towns and neighbouring postcode areas.BB postcode areaBD postcode areaBL postcode areaHD postcode areaHX postcode areaM postcode areaSK postcode areaSK postcode area
OL postcode area map, showing postcode districts in red and post towns in grey text, with links to nearby BB, BL, HD, HX, M and SK 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, Address Management Guide, (2004)
  3. ^ a b "Non Geographic Codes" (PDF). Royal Mail Address Management Unit. July 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 September 2012. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
  4. ^ "New sectors and localities to 14 December 2012" (PDF). Royal Mail Address Management Unit. 20 December 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 February 2015. Retrieved 20 December 2012.