[R] Map of UK Counties - to use in R

Raoul raoul.t.dsouza at gmail.com
Thu Aug 13 05:59:42 CEST 2009

Thanks a million Roger! This works well. All I now need to do is to figure
how I can plot data from a csv file onto the map. I really appreciate your

Roger Bivand wrote:
> The illustration you show is for the so-called traditional or historical
> counties of England, which may be available somewhere. There are
> non-georeferenced PNG files on Wikipedia, which might be used, but as far
> as I can see, only UK-based academics can register for access to the edina
> UK borders datasets.
> One possibility is to use the 2006 NUTS boundaries shapefile from
> http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/portal/page/portal/gisco/geodata/reference
> http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/cache/GISCO/geodatafiles/NUTS_03M_2006_SH.zip
> and in R using something like:
> library(rgdal)
> RG <- readOGR(".", "NUTS_RG_03M_2006")
> names(RG)
> UK <- grep("^UK", RG$NUTS_ID)
> RG_UK <- RG[UK,]
> plot(RG_UK, axes=TRUE)
> summary(RG_UK)
> You'll then need to find the regions you want, possibly from:
> http://www.statistics.gov.uk/geography/nuts.asp
> so that you can retain only England, and choose the NUTS* boundaries that
> suit your "counties" - which are not presently well-defined because of
> boundary and administrative changes. The GISCO shapefile is in
> geographical coordinates, so you'll be able to overplot points by
> longitude and latitude.
> Hope this helps,
> Roger Bivand
> Raoul wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Can anyone help me with either of these:
>> 1) Map of the UK counties that I could use in R?
>> 2) How could I use an existing map for example, a map from here
>> http://www.itraveluk.co.uk/maps/england.html - in R. I need to use a UK
>> map to plot locations on it by lat & long.
>> Would appreciate help on any of these.
>> Thanks,
>> Raoul

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