[Tagging] tower vs mast vs antenna

Philip Barnes phil at trigpoint.me.uk
Sun Feb 17 22:31:54 UTC 2013

On Sat, 2013-02-16 at 22:22 +0000, Chris Hill wrote:
> On 16/02/13 20:28, John F. Eldredge wrote:
> > Deanna Earley <dee at earlsoft.co.uk> wrote:
> >
> >> On 07/02/2013 09:49, osm at raggedred.net wrote:
> >>> A tower, to this Brit, can be confused with the stone or brick thing
> >>> on the end of a church or castle
> >> Especially as another well known mapping agency over here has 3
> >> different church symbols, "Church", "Church with tower" and "Church
> >> with
> >> spire" :p
> > So, what symbol do they use for a church that has both a tower and a spire, either separately or with the spire atop the tower?
> >
> As I see it: If there is no tower or spire then just a cross. With a 
> tower, but no spire then a square with a cross. With spire, either with 
> or without a tower (often with a tower below the spire) then a round 
> symbol with a cross. The highest, most stand-out-visible object 
> determines the symbol, which makes sense to me. The maps in question 
> were designed to show such things partly as a visual aid to navigation 
> so symbolising the most visible object was most useful.
Often when walking between villages the footpath will follow a line
directly between church towers/spires. The visible landmarks that
existed before maps or gps.

Along with contours, probably a useful feature OSM is missing.

Phil (trigpoint)

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