Little-known English town named Britain's most desirable postcode

Tidworth named england's best postcode

The most desirable area in England has been revealed as SP9, the postcode of Tidworth in Wiltshire, in a Royal Mail report.

Garrison town Tidworth was crowned England's best place to live, followed by the Hampshire village of Yateley (GU46) and seaside village St Bees in Cumbria (CA27).

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Tidworth's mayor Christopher Franklin MBE said: "Outside Wiltshire, I think most people will say 'Tidworth? Where's Tidworth? I've never heard of Tidworth'.

"Local people will probably be surprised too, but when they think about our location, plus the fact this is an affordable place to live with a very low crime rate, the reasons will become more apparent to them.

According to the BBC, South Glasgow (G44) was Scotland's top postcode, followed by Erskine (PA8) and Largs (KA30), while Brynteg on the Isle of Anglesey (LL78) won for Wales and was followed by Llantwit Major (CF61) and Llanidloes (SY18).

The study marks the 40th anniversary of the postcode and looked at a number of factors, including employment opportunities, health, levels of crime, homelessness and housing affordability.

Steve Rooney, head of Royal Mail's address management unit, said: "The invention of the postcode revolutionised the way post is sorted and delivered. As it has evolved, the postcodes have also revolutionised the way companies do business.

"The postcode is now used by businesses and individuals in their everyday activities, whether that is verifying a person's address when making a transaction or planning a route on a satellite navigation system."

There are around 1.8 million postcodes in the UK.

England's top 10 postcodes:

1. SP9 – Tidworth, Wiltshire
2. GU46 – Yateley, Hampshire
3. CA27 – St Bees, Cumbria
4. CW10 - Middlewich, Cheshire
5. RG6 – Earley, Berkshire
6. GU52 – Church Crookham, Hampshire
7. MK8 – north west Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
8. CA20 – Gosforth/Seascale, Cumbria
9. DE3 – Mickleover, Derbyshire
10. CA24 – Moor Row, Cumbria

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Hemel Hempstead was named Britain's Ugliest Town in a poll in August 2013, run by the team behind the Crap Towns publications. Out of the 3,000 people who voted, the town got 785 votes.

Second place went to Luton,with 592 votes.
Air raids during the Second World War destroyed much of Slough, which was rebuilt rapidly to cope with the high demand from people moving from London. Slough has seen major development in the past five years - so watch this space.
Another town dominated by 1960s architecture, this town scored 338 votes.
312 votes went to Brum.
Snapping at Birmingham's heels, Camberley garnered 311 votes.
295 votes.
Hatfield just made it into the top ten, with 51 votes.
48 votes.
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