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Ghosts — Closed or Renamed Shops and Amenities in OpenStreetMap UK

From time to time a chain of stores either re-brands itself (perhaps as the result of a take-over or merger) or goes into administration and shuts down completely. Either way, formerly correctly tagged OSM objects will become out of date. This tool aims to list sets of such objects, to help mappers find and deal with these cases. As well as dealing with the individual instances, the fact that such objects remain a significant time after the stores have closed or been renamed, indicates a shortage of local mappers suggesting that the rest of the local area might need a re-survey too. The data in each of the active sets listed below is updated from OSM roughly once a week.

As well as the pages for each set linked from the table below, mappers may find the "Survey Me!" tool useful, which combines all the Ghosts data, along with data from a number of other tools, to provide details of locations that might benefit from a survey in a given area.

Set Type Instances Updated Age
Carphone Warehouse Closure 160 2023‑02‑05 47h
Thomas Cook Rename 93 2023‑02‑05 47h
TGI Fridays Rename 74 2023‑02‑05 46h
Topshop / Topman Closure 68 2023‑02‑05 46h
Plumb, Parts, Drain, Pipe & Climate Center Rename 53 2023‑02‑05 47h
Fulton's Foods Closure 42 2023‑02‑05 46h
Eat Closure 37 2023‑02‑05 47h
T.M. Lewin Closure 33 2023‑02‑05 46h
Poundworld Closure 26 2023‑02‑05 47h
Burton Closure 25 2023‑02‑05 46h
Debenhams Closure 23 2023‑02‑05 46h
STA Travel Closure 22 2023‑02‑05 47h
Yorkshire / Clydesdale Bank Rename 22 2023‑02‑05 47h
Mothercare Closure 22 2023‑02‑05 47h
Total Petrol Rename 22 2023‑02‑05 47h
Quicksilver Rename 19 2023‑02‑05 46h
Co-Operative Pharmacy Rename 18 2023‑02‑05 47h
Jaeger Closure 14 2023‑02‑05 46h
Albemarle & Bond Closure 12 2023‑02‑05 47h
Thomson Travel Agent Rename 12 2023‑02‑05 47h
Age Concern Rename 11 2023‑02‑05 47h
Games Workshop Rename 9 2023‑02‑05 47h
Karen Millen Closure 8 2023‑02‑05 47h
Office Outlet Closure 8 2023‑02‑05 47h
TA Centres Rename 8 2023‑02‑05 47h
Brantano Closure 7 2023‑02‑05 47h
Coast Closure 6 2023‑02‑05 47h
Jamie's Italian Closure 6 2023‑02‑05 47h
Beales Department Stores Closure 3 2023‑02‑05 47h
Little Chef Closure 1 2023‑02‑05 47h
Wyevale Garden Centres Rename 1 2023‑02‑05 47h
Topaz Fuel Rename 1 2023‑02‑05 47h
HSBC Rename 1 2023‑02‑05 47h
First Choice Travel Rename 0 2023‑01‑28 10d
Ipswich Building Society Rename 0 2023‑01‑28 10d
Cheltenham & Gloucester Rename 0 2023‑01‑28 10d
Norwich & Peterborough Building Society Rename 0 2023‑01‑20 2w
Help The Aged Rename 0 2023‑01‑20 2w
Wilkinson Rename 0 2023‑01‑05 4w
Currys PC World Rename 0 2023‑01‑05 4w
Gala Bingo Rename 0 2023‑01‑05 4w
Tesco Metro Rename 0 2023‑01‑05 4w
Nobles Amusements Rename 0 2023‑01‑05 4w
Vaporized Rename 0 2023‑01‑05 4w
Cycle Republic Rename 0 2023‑01‑05 4w
That's Entertainment Closure 0 2023‑01‑05 4w
Orange and T-Mobile Rename 0 2023‑01‑05 4w
Phones 4U Closure 0 2023‑01‑05 4w
Flying Tiger Rename 0 2023‑01‑05 4w
Staples Rename 0 2023‑01‑05 4w
Lloyds TSB Rename 0 2023‑01‑05 4w
Cheshire Building Society Rename 0 2022‑12‑02 2m
British Home Stores Closure 0 2022‑12‑02 2m
Dunfermline Building Society Rename 0 2022‑11‑15 2m
Toys R Us Closure 0 2022‑11‑15 2m
Maplin Closure 0 2022‑08‑30 5m
Total 867

Mechanical Edits Warning: Many of the instances flagged above could be fixed by a bulk mechanical edit. There are two opposing view-points on whether this is a good idea. The first says that if we know something is wrong and can improve it, then we should. The other says that it is better to leave objects like this for local mappers, as it is good to review the object completely, and instances are a good indicator that the whole area could do with being re-surveyed. Whatever your views, the OSM Automated Edits Code of Conduct needs to be followed, so you would need to discuss — and get agreement — on any plans in the Talk GB Mailing List and/or Talk IE Mailing List before going ahead.

I am happy to receive suggestions for improvements to this tool and also ideas for additional sets of shops and amenities that could be added. Please get in touch via my OSM Profile. If you are suggesting a new set to be added, it is helpful if you can provide as much of the following information as possible:

  1. A full name (page title) and short name (graph key) for the set.
  2. A URL slug to use
  3. Whether it's a rename or a closure
  4. An overpass turbo query snippet to fetch the objects from OSM.
  5. Some descriptive text for the web page.

Examples of each of these bits of information can be found on the pages for the existing sets.

Data derived from OpenStreetMap data, © OpenStreetMap Contributors, licensed under Open Data Commons Open Database License (ODbL). XAPI courtesy of Overpass API.