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Recently Saved by fellsman on January 07, 2012
First saved by bavander on October 04, 2007
Contains Royal Mail data © Royal mail copyright and database right 2010.
This page documents a geocoder/coordinate converter service, that brings together various conversions that this site can perform. It is not a true geocoder(wikipedia) in the true sense of the word, in that its unable to convert full textual address, I think its more of a coordinate converter that happens to perform some basic geocoding function. Currently can handle GB Grid References, Worldwide Lat/Long, US Zipcodes, and UK Postcodes. The postcodes are also useable in reverse geocoding fashion in that you can lookup the nearest postcode to a location. Try out these conversions online in the online coordinate converter
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Evolution 1.0 30/04/2010* (c) Barry Hunter* Added FULL UK postcode support!
Getting an API key
At this stage a key is required to be able trace use of the service.
Signup for a API key HERE
I quite happy for this to be used in non profit applications.
If you wish to use this in a commercial application, then bear in mind I can offer no guarantees about availability.
If however there is interest I will consider creating a commercial version, (maybe even with full postcodes).
Even if you are only interesting in Sector Postcodes, then please Signup to download a CSV with to lat/long only and/or contact me to get various formats of the sector postcodes dumps, as that would probably be less resource hungary than quering a webservice.
Full Unit Postcodes can be obtained direct from OS Code-Point Open
Similarlly if only interested in the Lat/Long to/from Grid Refernce (or other coordinate conversions) as can probably supply source code for php/perl. (but first see the Downloads page)
Connect to the following URL: