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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 Either way, formerly correctly tagged OSM objects will become out of date.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 261 2022‑01‑23 5d
HSBC Rename 219 2022‑01‑23 5d
Thomas Cook Rename 130 2022‑01‑23 5d
Tesco Metro Rename 116 2022‑01‑23 5d
Yorkshire / Clydesdale Bank Rename 85 2022‑01‑23 5d
Co-Operative Pharmacy Rename 85 2022‑01‑23 5d
Plumb, Parts, Drain, Pipe & Climate Center Rename 81 2022‑01‑23 5d
Fridays Rename 76 2022‑01‑26 47h
Debenhams Closure 55 2022‑01‑23 5d
Eat Closure 52 2022‑01‑23 5d
T.M. Lewin Closure 42 2022‑01‑23 5d
Poundworld Closure 41 2022‑01‑23 5d
Mothercare Closure 36 2022‑01‑23 5d
STA Travel Closure 31 2022‑01‑23 5d
Thomson Travel Agent Rename 31 2022‑01‑23 5d
Quicksilver Rename 23 2022‑01‑23 5d
Games Workshop Rename 22 2022‑01‑23 5d
Phones 4U Closure 20 2022‑01‑23 5d
Little Chef Closure 19 2022‑01‑23 5d
Total Petrol Rename 18 2022‑01‑23 5d
Jaeger Closure 17 2022‑01‑23 5d
Age Concern Rename 17 2022‑01‑23 5d
Office Outlet Closure 16 2022‑01‑23 5d
Nobles Amusements Rename 15 2022‑01‑23 5d
Topaz Fuel Rename 15 2022‑01‑23 5d
Gala Bingo Rename 13 2022‑01‑23 5d
Karen Millen Closure 13 2022‑01‑23 5d
Albemarle & Bond Closure 12 2022‑01‑23 5d
TA Centres Rename 12 2022‑01‑23 5d
Flying Tiger Rename 11 2022‑01‑23 5d
Wilkinson Rename 11 2022‑01‑23 5d
Lloyds TSB Rename 9 2022‑01‑23 5d
Jamie's Italian Closure 9 2022‑01‑23 5d
Coast Closure 8 2022‑01‑23 5d
Orange and T-Mobile Rename 8 2022‑01‑23 5d
Brantano Closure 8 2022‑01‑23 5d
Ipswich Building Society Rename 7 2022‑01‑23 5d
First Choice Travel Rename 6 2022‑01‑23 5d
Beales Department Stores Closure 4 2022‑01‑23 5d
Staples Rename 3 2022‑01‑23 5d
Wyevale Garden Centres Rename 1 2022‑01‑23 5d
Cycle Republic Rename 1 2022‑01‑23 5d
Vaporized Rename 1 2022‑01‑23 5d
Cheltenham & Gloucester Rename 0 2022‑01‑23 5d
That's Entertainment Closure 0 2022‑01‑15 13d
Norwich & Peterborough Building Society Rename 0 2022‑01‑15 13d
Help The Aged Rename 0 2022‑01‑15 13d
Cheshire Building Society Rename 0 2021‑12‑01 8w
British Home Stores Closure 0 2021‑12‑01 8w
Dunfermline Building Society Rename 0 2021‑11‑15 2m
Toys R Us Closure 0 2021‑11‑15 2m
Maplin Closure 0 2021‑08‑23 5m
Total 1660

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.