When mailing an envelope or postcard, leave at least the bottom 16 millimeters (5/8 inch) blank on both front and back. (The postal service's reading and sorting machines might need this space to print bar codes on your mail.)
Some oddities of the Royal Mail include:
From the Royal Mail website (as of September 2009):
"What is a correct Postal Address?
Every house and business in the UK has a complete postal address that helps Royal Mail deliver mail quickly, accurately and cost effectively.
We've laid out below the elements that make up a postal address and those that are required for us to deliver mail.You do not need to include a County name provided the Post Town and Postcode are used."
Address Is it Required? Information Mr A Smith When applicable Addressees Name Acme Plc When applicable Company/Organisation Acme House Yes (except if it has a number) Building Name 3 High Street Yes Number of building and name of thoroughfare Hedle End Yes but only if a similar road name exists within a Post Town area Locality Name SOUTHAMPTON Yes Post Town please print in capitals SO31 4NG Yes Postcode please print in capitals
The Royal Mail (British Postal Service) keeps reorganizing their website, but you might find addressing information here and/or here.
Nildram Ltd [recipient] Ardenham Court [probably the building name: see Format Information. Not all addresses have this part.] Oxford Road [street name] AYLESBURY [postal town (town/city)] BUCKINGHAMSHIRE [county (not needed)] HP19 3EQ [postal code] UNITED KINGDOM [country name]
Mr. Walter C. Brown 49 Featherstone Street LONDON EC1Y 8SY UNITED KINGDOM
Postage calculators and tables showing how much postage you need to mail or ship to and/or from the United Kingdom are at the International Postal Rates Page.
See Finding An International Address / Address Search.
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