I have been told by our water company that our meter is at X Coordinate: 526585.0 Y Coordinate: 181591.0

I have tried to identify the location using various maps without success. How can I convert to What3Words?

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    It would be helpful to know, where you live. This would narrow down the CRS choices. Furthermore "using various maps" is very vague. What did you do, exactly? Using which map?
    – Erik
    Commented Apr 30 at 14:53
  • Our school is in London. I'm not a GIS expert so just used basic maps
    – Giles
    Commented Apr 30 at 14:57
  • So... you looked on a paper map?
    – Erik
    Commented Apr 30 at 14:59
  • No. Google and Bing. We don't have paper maps in school
    – Giles
    Commented Apr 30 at 15:11
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    Anyway. Those coordinates should be British National Grid, EPSG-code 27700 and land you somewhere north of Paddington - epsg.io/…
    – Erik
    Commented Apr 30 at 15:13

2 Answers 2


Based on your British National Grid Coordinates

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Easting: 526585 Longitude: -0.176959

Northing: 181591 Latitude: 51.519063

converted here enter image description here


w3w is:



If the coordinate you have are in epsg 27700 (OSGB36 / British National Grid) that locate your meter at

  • lon : -0°10'36.965"
  • Lat: 51°31'8.634"

(or for google map : 51°31'08.6"N 0°10'37.0"E)

in epsg 4326 (WGS84).

This seem to be in the London greater area in Rainham, close to the crossing of Manor Way and Consul Avenue (see map below for a general view)

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    Wouldn't that be 0°10' West?
    – Erik
    Commented Apr 30 at 19:31

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