javascript – Google Map geocoder not as accurate as a Google maps

javascript – Google Map geocoder not as accurate as a Google maps

Google Maps uses a number of different data sources to locate search results on the map.

The entry you are seeing that is correct is a Places database entry. See this page and enter you search string (St Clement’s Church, Edge Lane, Chorlton, M21 9JF).

The geocoder gets is designed to return coordinates for postal addresses, there is not enough information in your string for it to return accurate results:,%20Edge%20Lane,%20Chorlton,%20M21%209JF&geocode=1

It looks like it is just returning the geocode for the postcode:

Manchester M21 9JF, UK (53.4414411, -2.285287100000005)

It does look like the geocoder does have that location in it. If I use St Clement’s Church, Edge Lane, it seems to get the rooftop geocode (although it reports APPROXIMATE),%20Edge%20Lane,%20Chorlton,%20M21%209JF&geocode=1&addr2=St%20Clement%E2%80%99s%20Church,%20Edge%20Lane&geocode=2

St Clements Church, 6 Edge Ln, Manchester, Lancashire M21 9JF, UK (53.4406823, -2.283755499999984)

proof of concept fiddle

code snippet:

var geocoder, map, service, infowindow, bounds;

function initialize() {
  map = new google.maps.Map(
    document.getElementById(map_canvas), {
      center: new google.maps.LatLng(37.4419, -122.1419),
      zoom: 13,
      mapTypeId: google.maps.MapTypeId.ROADMAP
  var request = {
    query: St Clement’s Church, Edge Lane, Chorlton, M21 9JF
  infowindow = new google.maps.InfoWindow();
  service = new google.maps.places.PlacesService(map);
  bounds = new google.maps.LatLngBounds();
  service.textSearch(request, callback);

google.maps.event.addDomListener(window, load, initialize);

function callback(results, status) {
  if (status == google.maps.places.PlacesServiceStatus.OK) {
    for (var i = 0; i < results.length; i++) {
      var place = results[i];
      var marker = createMarker(results[i]);
    google.maps.event.trigger(marker, click);

function createMarker(place) {
  var placeLoc = place.geometry.location;
  var marker = new google.maps.Marker({
    map: map,
    position: place.geometry.location

  google.maps.event.addListener(marker, click, function() {
    infowindow.setContent(;, this);
  return marker;
#map_canvas {
  height: 100%;
  width: 100%;
  margin: 0px;
  padding: 0px
<script src=></script>
<div id=map_canvas></div>

Basically there is a name and an address. Google database can have other name for the same location. You can read my answer here: In the google response you need to loop through the placemark object to find the most similar location.

javascript – Google Map geocoder not as accurate as a Google maps

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