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I have a database with a list of address and their location as an East and North coordinate. An example is: East=431833 North=336684 Postcode=DE22 4LF

When I try to convert this address using this tool: http://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/utm-latitude-longitude-d_1370.html

The result in longitude and latitude in Google gives me a location in Africa, not England where the address actually is.

Can anyone tell me which format the East and North coordinates are in and how to convert them?

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Your coordinates are Ordnance Survey GB (OSGB36 Airy 1830 ellipsoid) 431833,336684 (base on a false origin with the Transverse Mercator projection. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ordnance_Survey_National_Grid

To convert them correctly to Lat/Lng

Use this site:http://www.nearby.org.uk

example: http://www.nearby.org.uk/coord.cgi?p=431833%2C336684 look for the result in yellow Converts to 52.926628 -1.527923 (WGS84)

copy and paste into google maps

https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=52.926628+-1.527923&hl=en&ll=52.926598,-1.5278&spn=0.00098,0.002792&sll=55.378051,-3.435973&sspn=15.177344,45.74707&t=m&z=19

You can also just use the postcode for google maps

https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=DE22+4LF&hl=en&ll=52.927293,-1.528076&spn=0.003919,0.011169&sll=52.926598,-1.5278&sspn=0.00098,0.002792&hnear=Derby+DE22+4LF,+United+Kingdom&t=m&z=17

Which returns the correct location - as is automatically geocoded into lat/lng coordinates

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@Mapperz---how did you know the CRS!? –  elrobis Dec 4 '12 at 19:37
    
from experience –  Mapperz Dec 4 '12 at 19:37
    
The presence of postcode is the tip, it seems. –  elrobis Dec 4 '12 at 20:00
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