I have imported a map from the Ordnance Survey Open Data website. It is a 50k Street View raster. I have also created a new shapefile layer in which I have created a polygon overlay for the raster map. I have enabled "On the fly projection" in the Settings menu and also selected OSGB1936 CRS for both layers. However, it is apparent from the co-ordinates displayed at the bottom of the map pane that this CRS is not activated.

What do I need to do to apply the desired CRS?

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    reproject them properly? What is your projects projection?
    – Curlew
    Aug 11, 2013 at 22:06

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If the OS data is in metres or kilometres, the CRS for that layer should be EPSG:27700.

Please note that layer CRS and project CRS are different things. If you want lat/lon degrees in the status bar display, the project CRS should be EPSG:4277 or EPSG:4326, but that gives you a distorted view. If you want the OS units, choose EPSG:27700 for the project as well.

  • Both layer AND project CRS are set at OSGB1936 with EPSG:27700. The coordinates shown at the bottom of the map pane are both 4 digits, with the y co-ord as a minus value. I have used OS rasters before (not Street view as in this case) and the x,y coordinates are always 6 figure grids that corroborate with hard copy maps.
    – Ben Wells
    Aug 12, 2013 at 17:59
  • Try going to settings and project settings. perhaps the layers are being reporjected in the project crs through on the fly. So just define your layer crs in project properties.
    – Ger
    Aug 13, 2013 at 11:25

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