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|London E postcode area|
|Postcode area name||London E|
|Statistics as at February 2012|
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 east of Greater London, England as well as Sewardstone, Essex. Since the closure of the East London mail centre during the summer of 2012, mail for the E postcode area is now sorted at Romford Mail Centre, along with mail for the IG and RM postcode areas.
The current E postcode area was originally formed in 1866 as a merger of the E and NE areas, which had been 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. High demand caused sector 9 of the E1 postcode district to be split and recoded in 1999 to create an E1W postcode district around Wapping, but the rest of the district did not gain an additional character. When 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 commonly 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 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 since 1985. However, it became a real postcode in 2011, when it was created from within the E15 postcode for the new Olympic Park, in Stratford, the site of the 2012 Summer Olympics.
|Postcode district||Post town||Coverage||Local authority area|
|E1||LONDON||Eastern head district: Aldgate (part), Liverpool Street (part), Whitechapel (mostly), Shoreditch (part), Spitalfields, Shadwell, Stepney (mostly), Mile End (part), Portsoken||Tower Hamlets, Hackney, City of London|
|E1W||LONDON||Wapping, St Katharine Docks, Stepney, Shadwell (part), Whitechapel (part)||Tower Hamlets|
|E2||LONDON||Bethnal Green district: Bethnal Green (mostly), Haggerston, Hoxton (part), Shoreditch (part), Cambridge Heath (mostly), Globe Town||Tower Hamlets, Hackney|
|E3||LONDON||Bow district: Bow, Bow Common, Bromley-by-Bow, Old Ford, Mile End (mostly), Fish Island,Mill Meads (part), Stratford (part), South Hackney (part), West Ham (part)||Tower Hamlets, Newham|
|E4||LONDON||Chingford district: Chingford, Sewardstone, Highams Park, Upper Edmonton (part), Woodford Green (part)||Waltham Forest, Enfield, Epping Forest (Essex)|
|E5||LONDON||Clapton district: Leyton (Part), Upper Clapton, Lower Clapton, Stoke Newington (part)||Hackney, Waltham Forest|
|E6||LONDON||East Ham district: East Ham, Beckton, Upton Park (part), Barking (part)||Newham, Barking and Dagenham|
|E7||LONDON||Forest Gate district: Forest Gate, Leytonstone (Part)||Newham, Waltham Forest|
|E8||LONDON||Hackney district: Hackney Central, Dalston, London Fields, Stoke Newington (part), Cambridge Heath (part)||Hackney|
|E9||LONDON||Homerton district: Homerton, Hackney Wick, South Hackney, Hackney Marshes, Cambridge Heath (part)||Hackney, Tower Hamlets|
|E10||LONDON||Leyton district: Leyton, Temple Mills, Hackney Marshes (part) Upper Clapton (part), Walthamstow Marshes||Waltham Forest, Hackney|
|E11||LONDON||Leytonstone district: Leytonstone, Wanstead, Aldersbrook (part), Snaresbrook, Cann Hall||Waltham Forest, Redbridge|
|E12||LONDON||Manor Park district: Manor Park, Little Ilford, Aldersbrook (part)||Newham, Redbridge|
|E13||LONDON||Plaistow district: Plaistow, West Ham (part), Upton Park (part)||Newham|
|E14||LONDON||Poplar district: Poplar, Limehouse, Canary Wharf, Millwall, Blackwall, Cubitt Town, South Bromley, North Greenwich, Leamouth||Tower Hamlets|
|E15||LONDON||Stratford district: Stratford, West Ham (part), Maryland, Leyton (part), Leytonstone (part) Temple Mills (part), Hackney Wick (part), Bow (part)||Newham, Waltham Forest, Hackney, Tower Hamlets|
|E16||LONDON||Victoria Docks and North Woolwich district: Canning Town, Silvertown, Royal Docks, North Woolwich, Beckton (part)||Newham|
|E17||LONDON||Walthamstow district: Walthamstow, Upper Walthamstow, Leyton (part)||Waltham Forest|
|E18||LONDON||Woodford and South Woodford district: Woodford, South Woodford||Redbridge|
|E20||LONDON||Olympic Park district: Olympic Park, & parts of Stratford, Homerton, Leyton, Bow;||Newham, Waltham Forest, Hackney, Tower Hamlets|
|E77||LONDON||Non-geographic postcode district (NatWest, located in E1)||Tower Hamlets|
|E98||LONDON||Non-geographic postcode district (News International, located in E1W)||Tower Hamlets|
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 is roughly the combined area of the London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Newham and Waltham Forest. Also, the eastern part of the London Borough of Hackney, the western sections of the London Boroughs of Redbridge (E11, E12, E18) and Barking and Dagenham (E6) and a small part of the Epping Forest District, Essex (E4), are within the postcode area.
The postcode area excludes parts of East London like the following: