UK Postal Counties List
Originally posted on 21st Mar 2009 by Ian Harris
On a recent project, we were required to create a drop down list to display the UK’s counties as part of a web form collecting users addresses. We assumed that this would be a pretty standard task and that there would be an abundance of pre-configured lists available on the Internet for download. After about an hour of research, it became clear that it was not going to be that simple. All of the lists we unearthed were either incomplete or out of date and it seems that we were not the first developers to run into this trouble.
You can see how it is easy to get it wrong though, take a look at the Wikipedia list of UK counties. The list of counties has changed quite considerably over time, especially in Wales.
As we were only interested in postal addresses for the web form, we decided it would be quicker and easier to compile our own list using the postal county data in this Wikipedia article. So here is a zipped file containing the HTML list as well as a XML list we created of the current UK postal counties. We hope this helps you out in some way. It may be worth just keeping these lists on file somewhere, you never know when you may need them.