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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 Either way, formerly correctly tagged OSM objects will become out of date.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
HSBC Rename 442 2019‑12‑09 2d
Thomas Cook Rename 203 2019‑12‑09 2d
Co-Operative Pharmacy Rename 109 2019‑12‑09 2d
Plumb, Parts, Drain, Pipe & Climate Center Rename 85 2019‑12‑09 2d
Thomson Travel Agent Rename 77 2019‑12‑09 2d
Lloyds TSB Rename 74 2019‑12‑09 2d
Poundworld Closure 66 2019‑12‑09 2d
Total Petrol Rename 47 2019‑12‑09 2d
Wilkinson Rename 44 2019‑12‑09 2d
Games Workshop Rename 41 2019‑12‑09 2d
Phones 4U Closure 33 2019‑12‑09 2d
Office Outlet Closure 30 2019‑12‑09 2d
Maplin Closure 28 2019‑12‑09 2d
Age Concern Rename 26 2019‑12‑09 2d
Flying Tiger Rename 24 2019‑12‑09 2d
Karen Millen Closure 20 2019‑12‑09 2d
Albemarle & Bond Closure 17 2019‑12‑09 2d
Staples Rename 17 2019‑12‑09 2d
Brantano Closure 16 2019‑12‑09 2d
Orange and T-Mobile Rename 14 2019‑12‑09 2d
First Choice Travel Rename 13 2019‑12‑09 2d
Topaz Fuel Rename 13 2019‑12‑09 2d
Jamie's Italian Closure 11 2019‑12‑09 2d
Coast Closure 7 2019‑12‑09 2d
Norwich & Peterborough Building Society Rename 7 2019‑12‑09 2d
That's Entertainment Closure 6 2019‑12‑09 2d
Help The Aged Rename 4 2019‑12‑09 2d
Cheltenham & Gloucester Rename 0 2019‑11‑23 2w
Cheshire Building Society Rename 0 2019‑11‑23 2w
BHS Closure 0 2019‑11‑23 2w
Toys R Us Closure 0 2019‑03‑03 9m
TA Centres Rename 0 2019‑02‑15 9m
Dunfermline Building Society Rename 0 2019‑02‑15 9m
Total 1474

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.

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