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I'm working on a web project centered around the input and mapping of GIS data. We have a need to display polygons of town boundaries.

The RightMove.co.uk website has and uses this data: http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/map.html?locationIdentifier=REGION^20140&insId=1

RightMove overlaying town boundary on Google map

Does anyone know a provider of this information (town/city boundaries)?

I've contacted Google sales, but they've said they don't have this data. So it appears RightMove got it from another source.

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There's the Ordnance Survey OpenData now. You could try the Strategi product. This has urban_region polygons, but they don't have names since they are often several towns now in a conurbation. Combining with the settlmnt_point layer you could use that to get the names.

Here's the polys and points on top of a google maps layer (done using QGIS)

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As you can see, the blue polygon relates to Portishead and Redcliff Bay. Anyway, maybe you can use this.

The Ordnance Survey Strategi (Version: 01/2011) is available from

https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/opendatadownload/products.html

Also, you may be asking the same as:

UK cities boundries in Ordnance survey

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If you require Higher Quality City (Urban Areas) data:

Vector Map District is derived from a larger scale than the Stategi product mentioned http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/products/os-vectormap-district/index.html

The VectorMap District Building Outlines is the most accurate and up-to-date dataset available without cost (under OpenData Licence) from the Ordnance Survey.

Scale of the Datasets

VectorMap District Scale The nominal viewing scale is 1:25 000, with a recommended viewing scale range of 1:15 000 to 1:30 000.

Strategi The definitive 1:250 000 scale dataset for Great Britain suited to multiple applications using a geographical information system (GIS), computer-aided design (CAD) and digital mapping systems.

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Strategi lacks most urban areas. Vector Map is probably overkill. The best dataset would be meridian 2. –  Matthew Snape Jul 22 '11 at 19:24
    
Meridian2 is sourced from 'Strategi® 1:250 000' for Developed land use areas and place names. see page 8 on the pdf > ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/docs/user-guides/… - Google Map in Satellite mode can be detailed enough for Vector District –  Mapperz Jul 22 '11 at 20:13
    
Of course all this data has to be re-projected to WGS84 for the data to overlay and align onto Google Maps. QGIS can do this easily. –  Mapperz Jul 22 '11 at 20:16

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