Britain’s Most Desirable Postcode Is SP9
The quiet town of Tidworth in Wiltshire has been named as the most desirable place to live thanks to factors such as health, low crime rates and jobs.
It has a listing in the Domesday Book, a well-regarded academy school just down the road and the Prince of Wales as patron of its polo club.
The chances for Tidworth’s children were boosted in 2009 when Wellington College founded Wiltshire’s first academy school there, with the Duke of York as its president.
A detached four-bedroom house that would cost about £700,000 in south London can be bought for less than £300,000 there, while a spacious farm-style five-bedroom home might go for £420,000.
The result came in a Royal Mail study marking the 40th anniversary of the postcode system.
In second place was Yateley in Hampshire, postcode GU46 – a commuter town whose district was named Britain’s most desirable in 2011.
An average four-bedroom home there costs nearly £552,000, according to Zoopla, the property website.
St Bees in Cumbria – postcode CA27 – came third, with its Norman priory and clifftop seabird colony. A typical four-bedroom house around St Bees is worth about £314,000. The old Roman town of Middlewich in Cheshire – CW10 – came fourth.
The Welsh list was topped by the picturesque postcode of LL78 on the Isle of Anglesey, and the Scottish by G44 in south Glasgow. The UK currently has about 1.8 million postcodes, which is just a fraction of the 48 million possible alpha-numeric combinations.
The system began in Norwich in 1959 as a way of making address labels read-able by machines.