Monday, 2 August 2010

Postcode Snobbery

As you may have read in the news over the weekend, Royal Mail is soon going to be dropping the name of counties from its postal address database, as only house numbers, street names and post codes are strictly required for delivery purposes.

Great news, I suppose, for those who want to disown their county tag (yes, people of Essex, I'm talking about you) but perhaps not such a welcome change for those of us in KT4 as it would mean that 'Worcester Park, Surrey' would officially be a thing of the past.

Call it snobbery, but I love having Surrey in my address. I love living in a London Borough whilst being able to laud the badge of rural respectability (the same sneaky thrill I imagine one gets from passing off a fake Rolex as the real McCoy).

Of course there's nothing to stop us unofficially continuing to use Surrey in our addresses. So to hell with these changes! I'm going to start my own postal revolution.

 Anyone care to join me? Let's man the barricades and defend our little corner of South West London that is forever Surrey.

15 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

Anonymous said...

I have always put the county on envelopes, even if the official address did not have it. I am certainly not going to start leaving it off with my own -- so there !!!!!

Anonymous said...

Snobbery? I wouldn't put OLD Malden as my address would I ?

Scarlett G said...

You would definitely not get your post as according to the Post Office they do not recognise Old Malden as part of the postal address. They only acknowledge Worcester Park or New Malden despite many of the street name signs having Old Malden on them. I can't see the point in leaving the County off, it is hit and miss enough with the post these days without taking away all the clues as to where to deliver it!

Patrick McGoohan said...

I used to live in an SW19 postcode, though actually it was Colliers Wood. But now I am proud to reside in Surrey. 'I'm not a postcode, I am a free man.'

coffee man said...

There is no argument here, we (in Worcester Park except those in Epsom & Ewell) do not live in Surrey .We live in a London Borough if in Sutton ,Kingston or Merton.
Surrey begins at the border of Epsom & Ewell.
End of .

Jeff said...

coffee man, you raise an interesting point, those who live in Old Malden 'Worcester Park' are in the London Borough of Kingston Upon Thames (please remember the 'Up') but the Post Office kept us in Surrey after Kingston became part of London in the early 1960s (as with Sutton). Now they want to drop the 'Surrey' we will loose all links with the leafy county. What with WP being in three boroughs and ambivalent about whether its in Surrey or London, it's a recipe for geographical schizophrenia.

coffee man said...

Jeff, it's actually the Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames.(but still a London borough albeit the smallest)
Another point of interest/confusion, the administrative headquarters of Surrey County Council is in The County Hall ,Kingston Upon Thames.They should really move to Guildford(the County Town). Strange old world.

Anonymous said...

Not sure it really matters because I have it from a top government source that the royal mail will be history by end of September .

KAZZ said...

i will always put surrey on my letters i am proud of my county :-)

Kendo said...

I say embrace being a Londoner....Surrey deserted this little corner of England 35 years ago and much as we love to say we live in Surrey, it wants zip all to do with us!!
Personally I think people who live in the "Surrey" bit of WP should have to have passports to get into the "London" bit. And Surrey County Council should be banished from Kingston...
Viva Londinium!!!

I am aware that these opinions may not be popular... :-)

Lord Cynic of Lindsay said...

So, "Anonymous", I too have top level moles working for me at the core of Government, and, according to my sources, Geography will be History by the end of September.
Anny hoo, could I redirect Blog readers to the story of a few days ago "Royal Fail" as we need to ensure the Green Lane sorting office is FULLY AWARE of all postal pilfering or whatever's going on.
Oh, and "Surrey Schmurrey". As long as ALL of our post arrives and in good time...........

Bear said...

I may be being thick here but what if you don't know a post code? if you google an address you need to know the town/county to pinpoint the correct postcode........

Jacey said...

Its obviously a personal thing here, people can argue all night about London 'phone numbers ie Chessington is in Surrey but has a London 'phone number. Also Kew Gardens are in Surrey and have a Twickenham postcode I think. Home is where the heart is and for about 47 years of my life its been Leatherhead Surrey then Surbiton Surrey and NOW its Worcester Park SURREY - end of, always will be when I write letters and fill in forms. I don't like people telling me where they think I live - end of.
And don't get me started on passports, having queued for absolute ages the other day to get back into my country ..............

Anonymous said...

Honestly, let it go. Mitcham is in Surrey for goodness sake....

Doublecuffs said...

Jacey: If you don't like queuing to get back into the country, simply register for the retina scanners. I did it a Heathrow T5 just after passing through Security on the way out and now I sail past the rest of you and have never had more than 3 people in the queue in front of me.
Hehe

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