Postal Address

The Postal Address Related Component provides the Royal Mail delivery point address from PAF where it has been matched to a Local Authority address in the National Land and Property Gazetteer.

The following sub-sections provide details about the attributes included with this related component, their data types in the different output formats, and other important metadata about them.

udprn

Royal Mail’s Unique Delivery Point Reference Number (UDPRN).

  • Data Types: Integer (GPKG), Integer (CSV)

  • Nullable: false

  • OS Select+Build Filterable: No

  • Data Schema Version: 1.0, 2.0

uprn

Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN) assigned by a local custodian or Ordnance Survey as a persistent identifier.

  • Data Types: Integer (GPKG), Integer (CSV)

  • Nullable: false

  • OS Select+Build Filterable: No

  • Data Schema Version: 1.0, 2.0

featuretypeversiondate

Date of the feature version to which this related entity applies.

  • Data Types: Date (GPKG), Date (CSV)

  • Nullable: false

  • OS Select+Build Filterable: No

  • Data Schema Version: 1.0, 2.0

organisationname

The organisation name is the business name given to an Address within a building or small group of buildings. For example: TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE. This field could also include entries for churches, public houses and libraries.

  • Data Types: String (GPKG), String (CSV)

  • Nullable: true

  • Max Length: 60

  • OS Select+Build Filterable: No

  • Data Schema Version: 1.0, 2.0

departmentname

For some organisations, department name is indicated because mail is received by subdivisions of the main organisation at distinct delivery points.

  • Data Types: String (GPKG), String (CSV)

  • Nullable: true

  • Max Length: 60

  • OS Select+Build Filterable: No

  • Data Schema Version: 1.0, 2.0

subbuildingname

The sub-building name and/or number are identifiers for subdivisions of properties.

  • Data Types: String (GPKG), String (CSV)

  • Nullable: true

  • Max Length: 30

  • OS Select+Build Filterable: No

  • Data Schema Version: 1.0, 2.0

buildingname

The building name is a description applied to a single building or a small group of buildings, such as Highfield House. This also includes those building numbers that contain non-numeric characters, such as 44A. Some descriptive names, when included with the rest of the address, are sufficient to identify the property uniquely and unambiguously, for example, MAGISTRATES COURT. Sometimes the building name will be a blend of distinctive and descriptive naming, for example, RAILWAY TAVERN (PUBLIC HOUSE) or THE COURT ROYAL (HOTEL).

  • Data Types: String (GPKG), String (CSV)

  • Nullable: true

  • Max Length: 50

  • OS Select+Build Filterable: No

  • Data Schema Version: 1.0, 2.0

buildingnumber

The building number is a number given to a single building or a small group of buildings, thus identifying it from its neighbours, for example, 44. Building numbers that contain a range, decimals or non-numeric characters do not appear in this field but will be found in the building name or the subbuilding name fields.

  • Data Types: String (GPKG), String (CSV)

  • Nullable: true

  • Max Length: 4

  • OS Select+Build Filterable: No

  • Data Schema Version: 1.0, 2.0

dependentthoroughfare

In certain places, for example, town centres, there are named thoroughfares within other named thoroughfares, for example, parades of shops on a high street where different parades have their own identity. For example, KINGS PARADE, HIGH STREET and QUEENS PARADE, HIGH STREET.

  • Data Types: String (GPKG), String (CSV)

  • Nullable: true

  • Max Length: 80

  • OS Select+Build Filterable: No

  • Data Schema Version: 1.0, 2.0

thoroughfare

A thoroughfare is a road, track or named access route on which there are Royal Mail delivery points, for example, HIGH STREET.

  • Data Types: String (GPKG), String (CSV)

  • Nullable: true

  • Max Length: 80

  • OS Select+Build Filterable: No

  • Data Schema Version: 1.0, 2.0

doubledependentlocality

This is used to distinguish between similar thoroughfares or the same thoroughfare within a dependent locality. For example, Millbrook Industrial Estate and Cranford Estate in this situation: BRUNEL WAY, MILLBROOK INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, MILLBROOK, SOUTHAMPTON and BRUNEL WAY, CRANFORD ESTATE, MILLBROOK, SOUTHAMPTON.

  • Data Types: String (GPKG), String (CSV)

  • Nullable: true

  • Max Length: 35

  • OS Select+Build Filterable: No

  • Data Schema Version: 1.0, 2.0

dependentlocality

Dependent locality areas define an area within a post town. These are only necessary for postal purposes and are used to aid differentiation where there are thoroughfares of the same name in the same locality. For example, HIGH STREET in SHIRLEY and SWAYTHLING in this situation: HIGH STREET, SHIRLEY, SOUTHAMPTON and HIGH STREET, SWAYTHLING, SOUTHAMPTON.

  • Data Types: String (GPKG), String (CSV)

  • Nullable: true

  • Max Length: 35

  • OS Select+Build Filterable: No

  • Data Schema Version: 1.0, 2.0

posttown

The town or city in which the Royal Mail sorting office is located which services this record. There may be more than one, possibly several, sorting offices in a town or city.

  • Data Types: String (GPKG), String (CSV)

  • Nullable: false

  • Max Length: 30

  • OS Select+Build Filterable: No

  • Data Schema Version: 1.0, 2.0

postcode

The postcode unit that the Address is situated within. A postcode is an abbreviated form of address, made up of combinations of between five and seven alphanumeric characters. These alphanumeric characters are used by Royal Mail to help with the automated sorting of mail. A postcode may cover between 1 and 100 addresses. Postcodes (for example, NW6 4DP) are comprised of two components. The first component is the outward code (or β€˜outcode’), which is the first two to four characters of a postcode, constituting the postcode area and the postcode district, for example, NW6. The outward code is the part of the postcode that enables mail to be sent from the accepting office to the correct area for delivery. The second component of a postcode is the inward code (or β€˜incode’), which is the last three characters of the postcode, constituting the postcode sector and the postcode unit, for example, 4DP. The inward code is used to sort mail at the local delivery office. This field will contain the Royal Mail Postcode Address File (PAF) postcode where the Local Authority address has been matched to PAF. Where a match has not been made, the postcode information is sourced from Local Authority assigned data. In cases where the Local Authority do not hold a valid postcode, a spatial nearest neighbour function is used to spatially derive the postcode from the closest Address with a valid postcode.

  • Data Types: String (GPKG), String (CSV)

  • Nullable: false

  • Max Length: 8

  • OS Select+Build Filterable: No

  • Data Schema Version: 1.0, 2.0

postcodetype

Describes the address as a small or large user as defined by Royal Mail. A large user postcode typically receives over 100 pieces of mail per day.

  • Data Types: String (GPKG), String (CSV)

  • Nullable: false

  • Code List Name: postcodetypevalue

  • Max Length: 10

  • OS Select+Build Filterable: No

  • Data Schema Version: 1.0, 2.0

deliverypointsuffix

A two-character code uniquely identifying an individual delivery point within a postcode.

  • Data Types: String (GPKG), String (CSV)

  • Nullable: false

  • Max Length: 2

  • OS Select+Build Filterable: No

  • Data Schema Version: 1.0, 2.0

welshdependentthoroughfare

The Welsh translation of dependentThoroughfare

  • Data Types: String (GPKG), String (CSV)

  • Nullable: true

  • Max Length: 80

  • OS Select+Build Filterable: No

  • Data Schema Version: 1.0, 2.0

welshthoroughfare

The Welsh translation of thoroughfare

  • Data Types: String (GPKG), String (CSV)

  • Nullable: true

  • Max Length: 80

  • OS Select+Build Filterable: No

  • Data Schema Version: 1.0, 2.0

welshdoubledependentlocality

The Welsh translation of doubleDependentLocality

  • Data Types: String (GPKG), String (CSV)

  • Nullable: true

  • Max Length: 35

  • OS Select+Build Filterable: No

  • Data Schema Version: 1.0, 2.0

welshdependentlocality

The Welsh translation of dependentLocality

  • Data Types: String (GPKG), String (CSV)

  • Nullable: true

  • Max Length: 35

  • OS Select+Build Filterable: No

  • Data Schema Version: 1.0, 2.0

welshposttown

The Welsh translation of postTown

  • Data Types: String (GPKG), String (CSV)

  • Nullable: true

  • Max Length: 30

  • OS Select+Build Filterable: No

  • Data Schema Version: 1.0, 2.0

poboxnumber

Text concatenation of 'PO BOX' and the Post Office Box (PO Box) number or the British Forces Post Office (BFPO) number.

  • Data Types: String (GPKG), String (CSV)

  • Nullable: true

  • Max Length: 6

  • OS Select+Build Filterable: No

  • Data Schema Version: 1.0, 2.0

processdate

The date on which the PAF record was processed into the database

  • Data Types: Date (GPKG), Date (CSV)

  • Nullable: false

  • OS Select+Build Filterable: No

  • Data Schema Version: 1.0, 2.0

source

Name of the originating data provider that defined the reference or link.

  • Data Types: String (GPKG), String (CSV)

  • Nullable: false

  • Max Length: 30

  • OS Select+Build Filterable: No

  • Data Schema Version: 1.0, 2.0

updatedate

The date on which any attribute of the Record was last changed.

  • Data Types: Date (GPKG), Date (CSV)

  • Nullable: false

  • OS Select+Build Filterable: No

  • Data Schema Version: 1.0, 2.0

effectivestartdate

The date on which this record was inserted into the Local Authority database.

  • Data Types: Date (GPKG), Date (CSV)

  • Nullable: false

  • OS Select+Build Filterable: No

  • Data Schema Version: 1.0, 2.0

effectiveenddate

The date on which the record ceased to exist

  • Data Types: Date (GPKG), Date (CSV)

  • Nullable: true

  • OS Select+Build Filterable: No

  • Data Schema Version: 1.0, 2.0

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