Geeky phone number trivia

I learned today that UK phone number area codes are more than just random numbers. They are *actually* coded areas. This works for most 5-digit area codes beginning 01 … the next number (or often two numbers) contain a reference to the area. Here are some that i know:

01962 – 96 = WN for Winchester
01622 – 62 = MA for Maidstone
01245 – 24 = CH for Chelmsford
01483 – 48 = GU for Guildford
01733 – 73 = PE for Peterborough
01270 – 27 = CR for Crewe

A zero sometimes seems to stand for an O:

01903 – 90 = WO for Worthing
01904 – 90 = YO for York
01202 – 20 = BO for Bournemouth
01206 – 20 = CO for Colchester

It can work for 01×1 big city numbers too:

0121 – 2 = B for Birmingham
0131 – 3 = E for Edinburgh
0141 – 4 = G for Glasgow
0151 – 5 = L for Liverpool
0161 – 6 = M for Manchester

It quite tickles me that there is this hidden code that i’d never known about until today! Maybe it will help me remember area codes if i can figure out the letters that they represent.

Next week … the hidden codes in UK car number plates …! ;)

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