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Three days, three places

Posted by Steve Chilton on 12 October 2008 in English (English)

Last three days has seen me mapping at different levels in three different locations. Friday just walking around near work (Hendon) capturing some street names alerted to by nonames layer. Saturday at a family wedding in Minster (Kent) just adding some detail to the village we were staying in. Sunday did the morning stint at the Wembley/N London mapping party, before going to the (not so) Grand Junction Arms to meet others. No beer on tap, and whatever food you like as long as it is called roast.
Now, over time I have regretted entering some streets AFTER having doing so, particularly in some sink estates. Well, today I found a road that I wouldn't even enter, even in a car. It was in Brent Park, just off the N Circ. Coming to a mini-roundabout in a combined residential/industrial estate there was a left turn into a road that needs adding to the map. It was guarded by discarded electrical appliances, bedsteads, parts of cars, prams, etc, and two large alsatians (I think you get the picture). Looking down the street I could see menacing looking youths, and a few urchins, white vans, fancy caravans, and bikes/toys strewn all over the road. It was a dead end so I knew that going in to get a gpx trace would mean stopping, turning round and coming out again. So I took the street name down (yes it is a permanent location, with houses etc) and will mark an estimate of the length of it in the db, with tags such as note="not entered, estimate", access="the very brave", etc.

Comment from Andy Allan on 13 October 2008 at 09:29

That wasn't http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=51.551181&lon=-0.253165&zoom=18&layers=B000FTF by any chance was it? When I was transiting between cake sections I found something that sounds very much like what you describe - I carried on without going down it either!

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Comment from Steve Chilton on 13 October 2008 at 10:37

Yep that is the place. Desperate. You might have noticed that Welshie and someone else had gone down the road and passed it by too! Can't imagine how you came to be down there, as it is a no-thru. I am guessing you came over the little footbridge between the allotments (all mapped now btw).

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Comment from Gregory Williams on 30 March 2009 at 19:45

Ah, which Minster was it? The one in Thanet, or the one on the Isle of Sheppey? I mapped the former quite some time back. Lovely church there.

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Comment from ColinMarquardt on 30 March 2009 at 23:30

Would be interesting if Google StreetView dare entering that area at some point. They don't have it live yet at least. :)

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Comment from Steve Chilton on 1 April 2009 at 21:51

Colin - having had look around I note that in that area most streets are in StreetView but not that many of the rougher ones in estates, etc.

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Comment from Steve Chilton on 1 April 2009 at 21:55

Gregory - The Thanet one. Wedding was in the church which indeed is beautiful. I just mapped a few paths round by the bowls club as I wandered round, and added the hotel up by the main road (near airfield). Reception in what seemed like the local manor house - a very well off family, in orchards I believe.

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