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Location, Location, Location.

Address –
The breakdown of addresses is based on the traditional British mail address of street, city or town and postcode. Street names are geographically correct when listed, as are postcodes which come from the Royal Mail database. Listing the towns or cities like this also makes it easier as a separate field would have to decide whether somewhere was a town or a city, we would have to specify this information for every single entry by having a list of all British towns, and cities. A little more confusing though is where exactly the building is in relation to a specific city or town.

About Cities -
British city and town boundaries do not actually correspond with the geographical and urban realities of our cities today not least thanks to the loves of government gerrymandering cities into boroughs to increase political power.
Many cities have swollen outside their borders, in some cases like Manchester the city has a mere population of around 440,000. The border between Salford and Manchester is slightly over 1 mile from the city centre causing problems. We rectify this by the discretion of our editors.

Part of the importance of editors is their knowledge and the fact that they live where they edit and keep in touch with what is happening around them. With their local knowledge they decide whether an area is in a particular city or not so for example Salford clearly is in Manchester whilst Rochdale is not. We do however specify Salford as a separate identity as we list the councils below to help you decide for yourself if you don’t like our definition.

To explain further we don’t specifically look at metro areas either, using definitions of metro areas it would be easy to argue that Milton Keynes or Peterborough are part of London creating areas that are too broad.

We also take into account continuous urban areas as they are often applicable but only to an extent, Liverpool and Manchester are of the same north-west England conurbation so obviously this only works so far again raising the problem of broad areas.
Deciding where a city ends isn’t rocket science unfortunately, its highly confusing and contradictory and a single set of rules will always fail to apply properly to everywhere creating exceptions.

Ultimately its most important to use editorial discretion and look at the actual identity of a place. Whilst Rochdale is arguably part of the Manchester metro area it’s separate identity makes it a separate entity in a way that Salford is not.

Council – The council stated is either the official council which will be one of the following - district council, borough council or city council. County councils cover too large an area, and parish councils a ridiculously small one. By looking at this layer of local government it allows us to separate Manchester from Salford for example.

County – These are the official ceremonial counties. We are not looking at the traditional counties from pre 1972, hence Yorkshire is split into pieces, this is not anti anywhere prejudice - if you don’t like this blame the government.

Region – The regions we use are the official EU definitions, plus lumping in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This is not to degrade the position of Scotland or Wales but to simply geographical areas, there are not enough high-rise buildings in Scotland and Wales to split them up further and Northern Ireland is simply too small.

Country – For the building files there’s the U.K and also Eire. We don’t recognise Scotland or Wales as separate countries as they are not actually independent. Again if you don’t like this blame the government.