[Talk-GB] 'historic' county boundaries added to the database

Colin Smale colin.smale at xs4all.nl
Wed Aug 8 12:54:26 UTC 2018

On 2018-08-08 14:17, Dave F wrote:

>> Hi
>> On 08/08/2018 12:14, Colin Smale wrote:
>> If this (probably completely static) dataset is used as a baseline, at least these relations would have a verifiable source.
>> https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/business-and-government/help-and-support/products/boundary-line.html#Historicdownload
>> "The links above represent counties based on historic records and mapping circa 1888 and using the primary sources of the Local Government (England and Wales) Act 1888, the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1889 and the Sheriffs Act 1887. "
> Those are fairly inaccurate snap shots of what thought to be accurate at that just date. As Mark G pointed out it's a ridiculous notion to believe those boundaries can be  extrapolated back to "Saxon times".

They would be accurate according to the source (viz. OS). 1888 is of
course nowhere near "Saxon times". If the OS-provided data were to be
used as the source of the "historic county boundaries" would that not be
grounds for a possible compromise here? 

There are plenty of examples of "former" objects in OSM - closed pubs,
railway alignments etc. They are only still there because they are
perceived to have some kind of relevance in the present day. Can a case
be made that these historic counties are still "relevant" today?  I
would like to hear smb1001's take on this.
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