Scottish Postcode Directory - Postcode Districts Grid References

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Scottish Postcode Directory - Postcode Districts Grid References
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www.nrscotland.gov.uk / NRS_SPD_DistrictGridRef

Abstract
While Royal Mail (RM) allocate and maintain postcodes for the purposes of delivering mail, National Records of Scotland (NRS) create and maintain digital postcode geographies to support the production of high quality statistics. This dataset provides the geometric grid references (or centroids) of postcode districts which are the next hierarchical level above the postcode sector, represented by the outward code (first part of a postcode). For example, if the individual postcode is EH12 7TB, then the district of that postcode is EH12. NRS publish these grid references twice a year as part of the Scottish Postcode Directory (SPD) which should be considered the definitive source for postcode geographies in Scotland.

Point of contact

National Records of Scotland - Geography ( Geography Branch )
Ladywell House, Ladywell Road
Edinburgh
Scotland
EH12 7TF
United Kingdom
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GEMET - INSPIRE themes, version 1.0 ( Theme )
  • Statistical units
IPSV - Integrated Public Sector Vocabulary version 2
  • Postcodes
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Other constraints
No limitations on public access
Use limitation
The following statements must be used when reproducing or using this material: Copyright National Records of Scotland, contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right (insert year).
Use limitation
Open Government Licence
Denominator
1250
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Topic category
  • Boundaries
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2019-08 2019-08
Supplemental Information
Reference system identifier
EPSG / OSGB 1936 / British National Grid (EPSG:27700) / 7.4

Distribution format
  • WMS ( 1.3.0 )

  • WFS ( 2.0.0 )

  • ESRI Shapefile ( 1.0 )

dataset
Statement

National Records of Scotland (NRS) delineate notional boundaries around address content of live small user postcodes utilising real world features depicted in Ordnance Survey’s MasterMap® product. Postcodes that fall within the same district are dissolved to create postcode district boundaries. Geometric grid references are calculated in ESRI desktop GIS tools, ensuring that the centroid is located inside the polygon. As postcode boundaries are subject to continuous change, the district grid references may change as the postcode geographies are altered. This dataset is formally issued twice a year as part of National Records of Scotland’s Scottish Postcode Directory (SPD). In addition to postcode geographies, the SPD contains a database detailing the higher geographies that each postcode is assigned to. NRS produce two versions of the SPD, one containing Royal Mail Delivery Point information and another without. If you require delivery point information please contact customer services. For more information on the postcode geography please see background note at https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/files/geography/Products/postcode-bkgrd-info.pdf or contact NRS Geography.

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engdataset
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Metadata standard name
UK GEMINI
Metadata standard version
2.2

Point of contact

National Records of Scotland - Geography ( Geography Branch )
Ladywell House, Ladywell Road
Edinburgh
Scotland
EH12 7TF
United Kingdom