[Talk-GB] Tagging of historic 'stink pipes'

Andy Townsend ajt1047 at gmail.com
Fri Dec 18 11:46:41 UTC 2020

On 18/12/2020 08:39, Edward Bainton wrote:
> Morning all
> My local civic society is collecting the location of 'stink pipes', 
> Victorian sewer ventilation shafts in cast iron. Pics here: 
> https://twitter.com/TobyWoody/status/1339679166371926017/photo/1 
> <https://twitter.com/TobyWoody/status/1339679166371926017/photo/1>
> I've suggested they use OpenStreetMap and suggested a node with tag 
> historic=ventilation_shaft. Does that seem the right tag?
That isn't a tag that anyone else has used - 
https://overpass-turbo.eu/s/11jU finds only the one that you've added 
recently.  Having said that, when I looked at "historic" usage in the UK 
I didn't see anything that looked a better option.

When I looked at vent shaft mapping in the UK a while back I came up 
with this list:


These are physically very different features (though sharing some of the 
same function) as your stink pipes.  If you're going to use 
"ventilation_shaft" I'd definitely also add 
"ventilation_shaft=stink_pipe" or similar to make it clear that you're 
talking about:




Best Regards,


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