I'm totally new to GIS. However, I've proudly managed to create a map, which is correctly geo-referenced with a Great Britain Ordnance Survey (OS) background (streetview level) and I've added some point data.

I would like to know how to create or import a layer with the OS grid lines. I'm sure this has been done a million times, but I can't seem to find the answer on the web - I suspect I'm not using the correct search terms.

Any help appreciated.


You can find the OS Grids here


Download the shapefiles and then load them in

You will probably need to adjust the styling and turn on labelling using the tile name as a text label

  • I've downloaded these files and neither QGIS or ArcGIS 10 will load them. They are recognised as shapefiles but the metadata is showing 'unknown geometry', number of features in layer = -1, etc. Is anyone else getting the same problem? – ffinnm Apr 16 '14 at 14:06

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