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Thursday, 16 January 2020

OS Grid squares

In my last post I erroneously used the OS grid square TD which was pointed out by BC who I am walking the OS Grid line 38 (SD to TA) with and some exchanges were made on our two posts.

In fact the square TD does not exist. Partly for refreshing my own memory and for others who may have had theirs similarly dimmed here is chart of all the OS squares. It will be seen that our walk goes through SD,SE and TA as I have indicated in red. At least it's less complicated than the Periodic Table. Somebody may make a fortune inventing a new board game based on this? Endless variations including endless combinations of squares to visit may be used for inventing new long walks - oh! don't get me started.


  1. I hadn't realised walking on the 38 northing line that we had moved from the SD 100K square to SE and eventually TA. Good job we didn't get lost.
    May have to retitle my posts '38 Northing' to be more accurate.
    Though the next 38 northing going south would come through Derby and further north is a 38 from Maryport.
    Rather than the two-letter reference, we could convert our northing into all numbers, 438, but that would be cumbersome even if more accurate.
    Well done The Ordnance Survey.

  2. Naturally, I cannot let the comment about the Periodic Table go unremarked: the Table is essentially man's way of ordering the very essence of the universe and so simplifies its understanding and guides its thinking: not so dissimilar to the grid in that sense but much much easier to use and understand, having never really got to grips with northings and eastings let alone used the lettered squares - sheet numbers maybe: thus, in my opinion, square TD lies somewhere over the rainbow !

  3. BC - I have gone back and re-named all my titles as you suggest - it was quite easy using "copy and paste" only needing to alter the day number for each one.

  4. gimmer - You say "much easier to use." So far that has not been an issue for me, I have never had to use it. It often crops up on University Challenge with questions linked to it in tortuous ways. Having said that I did answer thirteen questions on a recent episode despite my questionable grasp of science.

  5. I hate to point this out (but not quite enough to stop me from so doing), but according to your graphic, square TE (as referenced twice in your text) doesn't exist either. It seems that TA is the square that is proving elusive in the naming.

    I haven't read the associated series of posts yet, having been busy preparing for our next trip which starts this weekend, but I have them queued ready for reading.

  6. Gayle - whilst that one was easy to spot, and shameful for me to perpetrate (twice) I still reckon you could spot the ONE wrong stitch in a Fair Isle jersey within a nanosecond. The correction has been made (I hope!)

    I look forward to your coming trip.