[OSM-talk] Map Co-ordinates for towns, etc in UK

mick bareman at tpg.com.au
Fri Feb 24 23:23:26 GMT 2012

On Fri, 24 Feb 2012 12:31:31 -0000
"Andy Robinson" <ajrlists at gmail.com> wrote:

> If you refer to old OS maps the location of the place name seems most often
> to be positioned in relation to certain specific features. Where there is a
> parish church they seem to use that, where not its often the post office or
> the village pub, if none of these are present then some central other
> communal  feature of the hamlet for instance. Of course this could just be a
> be cartographic approach taken by the OS.
> Cheers
> Andy
This suggests that there is no formal definition for placement of the "Zero Point" and a common sense approach is taken.

From a number of hints in some of the genealogy lists I'm on, in .au the post office and a 'coaching inn' were usually either next door to or opposite each other and sometimes they were the same building.


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