"Postage Paid" list
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This information is specific to the UK Royal Mail (Consignia, or whatever they're called this week). It may be specific to Cambridge, but that's unlikely.
I've noticed that the numbers on the bulk-mailed "postage paid" envelopes can sometimes tell you what's inside. Since many are otherwise anonymous until you open them, this may be handy for those who wish to return mail unopened.
These details are on the front of envelopes containing mail delivered through one's door. The ones listed below were not all addressed to me. Some of the senders are unknown, but I've noted the number anyway.
I had a quick search for a couple of these on Google, but AFAICS there is no record of them on the 'net. The Royal Mail website is very pretty but not helpful.
I'm just at the stamp-collecting stage of this at the moment. I thought it might be amusing to start the collection, and interesting to see whether anyone stumbles across it.
If there is some interest, I could set up a proper database with fields for
HQ7594 Demon Internet, billing HQ4489 British Gas, "Service care membership office", spamming for central heating insurance (!) HQ5819 British Gas, billing HQ655 Barclays, PO Box 6539, Leicester, LE87 2GA HQ1282 Beneficial credit card spam, in the name of Cambridge University HQ145 Inland Revenue HQ5120 Student Loans Company (repayment rate notification) HQ1307 The Halifax HQ2217 Avis / Optecon Ltd? HQ5608 Tesco stores HQ4876 Tesco clubcard HQ4847 HQ2320 Barclaycard, other Barclays plastic HQ8130 HQ8521 HQ315 HQ8360 (TV Licensing | Customer Services), Bristol, BS98 1TL HQ9376 Intelligent Finance, (statements), PO Box 1717 EH54 7WQ HQ228 Alliance & Leicester (credit card statement) Card Service Centre, PO Box 645 Liverpool L69 8HF HQ444 Alliance & Leicester (credit card statement) As above. This is odd, because the HQ number is different. Maybe I've made a mistake? ("This is not a circular", it says on the rectangular envelope. Always makes me chuckle) HQ1307 Intelligent Finance, (PIN number), PO Box 1717 EH54 7AZ HQ4606 Lloyds TSB Registrars, The Causeway, Worthing, West Sussex, BN99 6DA; non-delivery: PO Box 1155, Worthing, BN99 6RB HQ3416 Lloyds TSB Registrars, The Causeway, Worthing, West Sussex, BN99 6DA; non-delivery: PO Box 1155, Worthing, BN99 6RB "HQ Serial No. 531" BT Billing, "Edinburgh 130" edinburghbicycle.com 'sale!' postcard HQ6695 Telecom Plus Plc., Dryden House, The Edge Business Centre, Humber Road, London NW2 6EW HQ3760 American Life Insurance Company, Alico House, 22 Addiscombe Road, Croydon CR9 5AZ ("Cold called, wouldn't take no for an answer; order it and then cancelled") PBP80445 American Life Insurance Company (again) HQ2001 NatWest, Level 1, 4 Eastcheap, London EC3M 1AH [e-savings, insurance] HQ194 Natwest; PO Box No 114, London E1 8HL [statement] HQ1360 Christian Aid newsletter HQ332 Christian Aid, PO Box 100, London SE1 7RT ("begging letter to increase regular donation") HQ4941 Southern Electric gas (?), PO Box 6009, Basingstoke, RG21 8ZD HQ4330 Cellular Operations Ltd., Century Road, Hillmead, Swindon, Wiltshire SN5 5DR HQ4330 NTL; PO Box 7612, Hungerford, Berks RG17 0FB (cable modem bill) HQ7904 Halifax card services (statement), Pitreavie Business Park, Dunfermline KY99 4BR "Newcastle Upon Tyne Great Britain 1011" Canford Group Plc., Crowther Road, Washington, Tyne & Wear NE38 0BW, UK HQ537 TXU Energi, 1050 Europa Boulevard, Warrington, WA5 7ZD HQ7796 The Learning Library Ltd. / Stow College? HQ9741 oh, some credit offer... I forgot to write the details HQ2924 seme.co.uk
HQ1157 PHQ3040 HQ48
Hmm, there are "PB" numbers too, which seem to be printed by franking machines. There are lots of these, and they usually have a company logo on them anyway. There doesn't seem to be much point in listing them.
Also, I haven't looked at listing "Printed papers, sealed under permit".