Taking White Hart Lane off the map

We usually share stories about our teams adding new features to the map, such as the Queensferry Crossing or even a whale, but we also have to remove features from our database. London-based surveyor Tony Killilea was recently tasked with removing a football stadium from the map…

With over 500 million geospatial features across Great Britain and some 10,000 changes taking place in the database each day, it’s not difficult to understand how our surveying teams are kept busy. From new roads to new shopping centres, it’s easy to forget about the existing features that have to be removed for new developments to be built.

Tony at White Hart Lane

Tottenham Hotspur FC have been based at White Hart Lane since 1899, but played their last game there at the end of the 2016-17 season. The stadium has now been completely demolished and Tony visited the construction site to update our database. Tony and the team will be visiting regularly over the next 12 months as Tottenham build their new 61,000 capacity stadium, which is due to open for the 2018-19 football season, to ensure that it is logged in our database too.

The changes will first be available in our OS MasterMap Topography Layer, which is updated and made available to customers every six weeks. It will filter through to our other datasets to meet their update schedule.

You can follow White Hart Lane’s journey in our series of maps below, showing how the area changed from today back to the 1860s:

  • Tony’s screen shot after he removed White Hart Lane
  • Tony’s screen shot before removing White Hart Lane
  • OS MasterMap Topography Layer with White Hart Lane on the data
  • The stadium in 1935
  • White Hart Lane in 1913
  • The area becoming more built up in 1896, and a nursery onsite
  • 1867 map

See more examples of our surveying team at work here.

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