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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 Either way, formerly correctly tagged OSM objects will become out of date.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 374 2020‑03‑29 31h
Thomas Cook Rename 178 2020‑03‑29 31h
Co-Operative Pharmacy Rename 106 2020‑03‑29 31h
Plumb, Parts, Drain, Pipe & Climate Center Rename 80 2020‑03‑29 31h
Mothercare Closure 74 2020‑03‑29 31h
Thomson Travel Agent Rename 69 2020‑03‑29 31h
Poundworld Closure 62 2020‑03‑29 31h
Lloyds TSB Rename 52 2020‑03‑29 31h
Total Petrol Rename 44 2020‑03‑29 31h
Games Workshop Rename 38 2020‑03‑29 31h
Phones 4U Closure 30 2020‑03‑29 31h
Maplin Closure 24 2020‑03‑29 31h
Office Outlet Closure 21 2020‑03‑29 31h
Flying Tiger Rename 20 2020‑03‑29 31h
Karen Millen Closure 17 2020‑03‑29 31h
Brantano Closure 16 2020‑03‑29 31h
Wilkinson Rename 16 2020‑03‑29 31h
Beales Department Stores Closure 15 2020‑03‑29 31h
Topaz Fuel Rename 13 2020‑03‑29 31h
Age Concern Rename 13 2020‑03‑29 31h
Albemarle & Bond Closure 12 2020‑03‑29 31h
Staples Rename 12 2020‑03‑29 31h
First Choice Travel Rename 11 2020‑03‑29 31h
Orange and T-Mobile Rename 11 2020‑03‑29 31h
Jamie's Italian Closure 9 2020‑03‑29 31h
Coast Closure 7 2020‑03‑29 31h
That's Entertainment Closure 0 2020‑01‑09 2m
Help The Aged Rename 0 2020‑01‑08 2m
Norwich & Peterborough Building Society Rename 0 2020‑01‑08 2m
Cheltenham & Gloucester Rename 0 2019‑11‑23 4m
Cheshire Building Society Rename 0 2019‑11‑23 4m
BHS Closure 0 2019‑11‑23 4m
Toys R Us Closure 0 2019‑03‑03 12m
TA Centres Rename 0 2019‑02‑15 13m
Dunfermline Building Society Rename 0 2019‑02‑15 13m
Total 1324

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.