A UK map made of squares

For a visualisation thing I was doing, I wanted a UK map made out of small squares: these seem a useful way to make heatmaps of the way a thing affects the UK. There are plenty of such maps but they all seem to be on stock image sites which want you to licence them and so on and that seems a bit annoying, so I figured I’d make one.

George Hodan has created a public domain (CC0) map of the UK (mirror here), so that was a good place to start. Then a small Python script and I’d made an SVG of the map:

a 20x30 map of the UK

and that’s all I wanted. Hooray. The script lets me tell it how many squares I want the UK map divided up into, so I generated it in various different sizes (10x15, 15x22, 20x30, 30x45, 40x61, 50x76) because that was convenient. If you want it in a size that isn’t one of those, grab the script and go for it.

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