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# Using the

National Grid
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Diagram C
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On Ordnance Survey maps these
squares are further divided into smaller
squares by grid lines representing 10
kilometre spacing, each numbered from
0 to 9 from the south-west corner, in an
easterly (left to right) and northerly
(upwards) direction, as shown in diagram B.
Great Britain is covered by 100
kilometre grid squares, each grid
square is identified by two letters,
as shown in diagram A.
The National Grid provides a unique
reference system, which can be applied
to all Ordnance Survey maps of Great
Britain, at all scales.
Using this system you can identify a 10
kilometre grid square. For example, here is TL63.
After the letters you quote the eastings (6) first,
then the northings (3).
If you have trouble remembering, say...
On OS Landranger Maps you can find the two grid
letters TL on the legend, or on the corner of the map,
and the grid has been further divided into 1 kilometre
intervals, as shown in diagram C. You can estimate
distances between the grid lines to give a more precise
reference.
Turn the page and see how easy it is to use a 6-figure
grid reference to pinpoint a place on the map...
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The 6-figure grid reference
Using the National Grid continued
Map extract from OS Landranger Map Sheet 154.
Diagram D
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south-west corner
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The Church at TL683365
The Windmill at TL726350
Mill Farm at TL701352
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By estimating the eastings and
northings to one tenth of the grid interval,
you can specify a full 6-figure grid
reference, accurate to within 100 metres
on the ground.
All you do is estimate how many
tenths away from the grid your point
falls. For instance, the point in diagram
D is 3 tenths east of grid 62 and 7 tenths
north of grid 31.
south-west corner, quote all the eastings
first, then the northings. The 100-metre
grid reference of the point in the diagram
is shown like this: TL 623317.
Here is an extract from a
1:50 000 scale map. Use the
National Grid reference system
to find:
The 6-figure grid reference is very
useful to locate a particular place on a
map.
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