how to do six figure grid references
At this stage, you have actually learnt the skill !! It was easy right?
As already explained in the four-figure grid references section , the six-figure grid reference map reading skill, goes a level beyond, since we are required to go into more detail to find the exact location.
Six figure grid references are more precise that a four figure grid reference. They are used to locate smaller locations. A six figure grid references splits a grid square up into ten sections along the bottom and the side.
The image above shows one grid square with a four figure grid reference of 1844. Locate each of characters using the structure: 18 Easting value (between 0 and 9) 44 Northing (between 0 and 9).
A six-figure Grid Reference is generally used as the standard for biological recording, giving a location to within 100m. Landranger maps from Ordnance Survey which use a scale of 1:50,000 (or 2cm to 1km) are very useful. The 100km square(s) covered by the map have letter codes such as TF, TG, TL or TM: these are clearly printed in each corner. Each 100km square is further subdivided into one hundred 1km squares which are formed from blue grid lines, spaced 1km apart. The eastings are marked along the top and bottom edges of each map, and the northings down the sides. The convention for a six-figure Grid Reference is [2 grid letters] [3 figures easting] [ 3 figures northing]. For example, the six figure grid reference for Horning church is TG343174.
Please note, when submitting a record it is very useful to include a location name or description alongside the grid reference. This allows us to double check that the grid reference is correct.