I got given these coordinates for a point at Erdington Rugby Club, Birmingham. However, when I type them into Google Maps I get an error message and when I convert them from DMS or DDM to DD I end up somewhere completely different. I just want to check if I'm not missing anything obvious. Is there another coordinate notation system it could be? Is there something else I'm doing wrong?

The coordinates are:

latitude 52 31.196 longitude 1 49.770

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Correct coordinates in decimal degrees (DD) are: 52.519933 -1.8295

The format you provided is Degrees Decimal Minutes (DDM) - see here to convert: https://www.pgc.umn.edu/apps/convert/. Longitude is 1 49.770 west (as you know that Birmingham is west of Greenwich meridian), thus negative values - be sure to get that right.

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  • Thank you. You're 100% right that I missed off the minus when I used a DDM converter. Had to be something simple :) Nov 16, 2021 at 8:15

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