Why is SW5 so small?
Kake L Pugh
kake at earth.li
Mon Aug 18 13:38:44 BST 2008
Kake L Pugh pondered thusly:
>>It's tiny. Why is it so small? It's not like it's densely populated
On Fri 15 Aug 2008, Andy Wardley <abw at wardley.org> wrote:
> I guess it's because Earls Court was one of the more densely populated areas
> of London in the latter half of the 19th century when the postcodes were
> first introduced.
Though the numbered postal districts were only split out from the
all-encompassing SW in 1917 (according to Wikipedia anyway).
> Apparently SW5 has a current population of just under 10k, while the much
> larger SE1 has a population of 55k. Given the relative sizes, SW5 is
> certainly more densely populated (to look at just one example that WP
> happened to have the figures for).
Ah-ha. I didn't realise it actually was densely populated. That makes sense.
> The UK census information is available online from the Office of National
> I'm sure they must have a chart or table somewhere that lists population by
> postcode, but it's probably buried 17 layers deep on their web site and I
> can't find it.
Ha, isn't it fun trying to actually find census data? The best I've
managed so far is population by London borough, which is at
suggests that you need to send off for a CD if you want things at the
postal district level. Further investigation reveals that I'll need
to request this via fax, so it'll have to wait until I can figure out
how to work our fax machine.
> Do I win SW5 pounds?
You win an SW5 pint, to be consumed in an SW5 hostelry of your choosing
at a mutually-agreeable time and date.
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