I am new to GIS in general and struggling with the correct approach to achieve my goal.

I have a list of 100,000 or so Lat/Lng taken from a GPS and I need to retrieve the singular tile for each of these coordinates from a (hosted) map in the EPSG:27700 projection. Ideally I would use python for this as I do not need to visualise the data and I need to perform some histograms on the respective tile/latLng pair.

The following JavaScript code is used to configure leaflet to display the entire map (using proj4j to set the custom espg27700):

var r = [5734.4,2867.2,1433.6,716.8,358.4,179.2,89.6,44.8,22.4,11.2,5.6,2.8];

var BNG = new L.Proj.CRS("EPSG:27700","+proj=tmerc +lat_0=49 +lon_0=-2 +k=0.9996012717 +x_0=400000 +y_0=-100000 +ellps=airy +datum=OSGB36 +units=m +no_defs",  
  bounds: L.bounds([[0, 0], [1468006.4, 1468006.4]])
  resolutions: [5734.4,2867.2,1433.6,716.8,358.4,179.2,89.6,44.8,22.4,11.2,5.6,2.8]},);

The tileset is TMS

Broadly speaking, I am not sure what steps I need to take a given lat/lng and zoom level and get the correct z/x/{-y}

Following similar links here suggests I need to convert to projected coordinates first, which gives me coordinates similar to [622673.7010631626, -5527546.628687883].

This is where I am not clear on what I need to do next to convert those for any given zoom level?

I tried the following suggestion (I lost the original link)

  function convertLt(lat,lng, z) {

      var origin = [ -238375.0, 1376256.0 ]
      var source = new proj4.Proj('EPSG:3857');

      proj4.defs("EPSG:27700","+proj=tmerc +lat_0=49 +lon_0=-2 +k=0.9996012717 +x_0=400000 +y_0=-100000 +ellps=airy +datum=OSGB36 +units=m +no_defs");

      var dest = new proj4.Proj('EPSG:27700');

      var coords=proj4.transform(source, dest, [lat,lng]);

      var resolutions = [5734.4,2867.2,1433.6,716.8,358.4,179.2,89.6,44.8,22.4,11.2,5.6,2.8];
      x = Math.floor((coords[0] - origin[0]) / (resolutions[z] * 256));
      y = Math.floor((origin[1] - coords[1]) / (resolutions[z] * 256));
      return (x,y)

The above code doesn't work for me, returns NaN. I'm not sure what values should be placed in the origin.

To clarify, I would like my input to be Lat/Lng and output to be z/x/y (considering TMS, so inverted y) so I can fetch the single tile I require.

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One possible way to get tile (x, y, z) coordinates for specific [lat, lng] coordinate and specific projection is to 'misuse' generic Leaflet L.TileLayer layer and 'tileload' layer event.

Procedure goes as follows:

  • Create additional auxiliary map with desired projection in it's own div element, which is not displayed at all and has dimension 1 x 1 px.
  • Create custom layer by extending L.TileLayer just to fire 'tileload' event and add it to the aux map,
  • Create function for tile coordinates retrieval, which is based on catching 'tileload' event after centering auxiliary map view to desired coordinate and zoom.

This description probably sounds a bit abstract, but code is actually quite simple.

CSS for auxiliary map:

#gridmap {
  position: absolute;
  top: 0;
  left: 0;
  width: 1px;
  height: 1px;
  visibility: hidden;

HTML for auxiliary map:

<div id="gridmap"></div>

JS for auxiliary map:

var gridmap = L.map('gridmap', {
  crs: BNG

L.TileLayer.Grid = L.TileLayer.extend({
  createTile: function (coords) {
    var tile = document.createElement('div');
    return tile;

L.tileLayer.grid = function(opts) {
  return new L.TileLayer.Grid(opts);
var gridLayer =  L.tileLayer.grid({
  tms: true

function getTileForCoordAndZoom(coord, zoom, callback) {
  gridLayer.on('tileload', function(evt) {
  gridmap.setView(coord, zoom);

Tile coordinate for specific coordinate and zoom can then be retrieved like this:

getTileForCoordAndZoom([52.093992, -1.5], 8, function(tileCoord) {
  • Thanks for the suggestion. This got me close enough to figure out I was overcomplicating things somewhat. Will post an answer with the solution I used
    – orianem
    Commented Jan 30, 2023 at 11:54

It seems I was overcomplicating this somewhat and I can leverage leaflet's project function to convert lat/lng to pixel coordinates. It is then a case of dividing returned values by tile size to get the tile server X and Y for a given Zoom level.

Use the following with leaflet

var BNG = new L.Proj.CRS("EPSG:27700","+proj=tmerc +lat_0=49 +lon_0=-2 +k=0.9996012717 +x_0=400000 +y_0=-100000 +ellps=airy +datum=OSGB36 +units=m +no_defs",  
  bounds: L.bounds([[0, 0], [1468006.4, 1468006.4]])
  resolutions: [...]


const map = L.map('map', {crs:BNG,}).setView([51.505, -0.09], 4);

worldCoords = map.project([51.49386, -0.068333], 10).floor();

tileX = worldCoords.x / 256; //assuming 256px tiles
tileY = worldCoords.y / 256;

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