[Tagging] reviving hollow way

Marco Boeringa marco at boeringa.demon.nl
Tue Feb 20 07:30:07 UTC 2018

I am actually a bit surprised by this. It may be a research related 
term, but "hollow way" seems quite common in British English archaeology...

See these links:

- Historic England: 
- Shorne Woods Arhaeology Group: 
- Dalton Woodland Burial Ground: Lime Kiln Plantation Archaeology: 
- Google book reference: "The Archaeology of Medieval England and 
- Harvard University: "Hollow Ways: *Ancient Communication Networks in 
Northern Mesopotamia": 


Op 19-2-2018 om 10:51 schreef Andy Townsend:
> On 19/02/2018 09:00, Philip Barnes wrote:
>> Hi Joost
>> As a native English speaker I have never heard the term Hollow Way, 
>> however reading the description it seems that this proposal is 
>> describing what is called a Sunken Lane.
>> I would avoid cutting as that implies something that has been cut 
>> deliberately for the construction of a motorway, railway or canal etc.
> The map https://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/tags/historic=hollow_way#map 
> suggests that it's been used in Germany by people who think it's an 
> English term.
> It's not really used at all in modern English - there are a few 
> placenames called "Holloway" (the one in Derbyshire might be named 
> after the top bit of https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/127047259 ) so 
> it doesn't really make sense to "approve" it as a tag.  If people want 
> to use it locally - fine - and if renderers locally want to use it 
> also fine (under the "any tags you like" principle).
> Best Regards,
> Andy
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