map quiz


Anyone for cricket?

It’s getting to the time of year where the cricket grounds across the UK will be in use again, with some county games in action last weekend. I can’t pretend that this prospect fills me with joy, but I know there are many of you who will be champing at the bit to spend lazy days in cricket grounds across the country to watch the county and national teams.

You may well be most familiar with your local grounds where people can gather informally to watch. I’ve spent several sunny Sundays sprawled on the grass in front of the Balmer Lawn Hotel in the New Forest, watching local teams play. I’m certain I’d recognise that ground on the map, due to the distinctive hotel nearby.

Would you recognise cricket grounds from across the country on a map? That’s the theme for our mapping extract quiz this week. Let us know the names of the cricket grounds on our eight extracts and post your answers on the blog.

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How well do you know your cathedrals?

Of the 450 million features in our most detailed mapping database, some are more prone to change than others. For example, road layout, housing developments, industrial units – there are changes to these features in places across Great Britain on a daily basis. We aim to capture all major changes like this and have it in our database within six months of completion.

Some features are less likely to change – such as cathedrals. They have usually been around for a long period of time and will only see very minor changes to them, if anything at all.

Great Britain boasts some 56 cathedrals. Did you know that the classification of a church building as a cathedral is completely independent of its size, age, beauty or importance to the nation? The sole determinant of its status is whether or not the church contains the seat of a bishop.

We’ve gathered mapping extracts for eight of our nation’s cathedrals to test your GI knowledge this week. They look a little different to our usual OS MasterMap Topography Layer extracts. This week we’ve used our OS MasterMap Imagery Layer to highlight the cathedrals and then overlaid the usual OS MasterMap Topography layer to give it a similar feel to the usual quiz extracts. Let us know what you think. And see how many cathedrals you can recognise and post your answers on the blog.

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Do you know your stately homes?

The popularity of the ITV series Downton Abbey, has lead to a dramatic increase in visitors to Highclere Castle, the Berkshire stately home where the series is filmed. It seems that the writer of the series, Julian Fellowes, was a long-standing friend of the Carnarvon family, owners of Highclere Castle, and had it in mind as he wrote Downton Abbey.

Of course, there are many stately homes, and historic ruins, around the country that are worth a visit. Some are in private ownership, while some belong to the National Trust and other organisations. Many also afford the opportunity to enjoy a walk around their grounds and the surrounding countryside, a great way to see somewhere new and enjoy the great outdoors at the same time.

These historic buildings are captured by our team of surveyors or through aerial imagery and available on our mapping. They are far more substantial than the average home, but would you recognise one on a map? We’ve chosen eight properties from across Great Britain to test your knowledge on stately homes. Post your answers on the blog and we’ll see if you’re an historic homes buff! And no, Highclere Castle isn’t one of the featured properties!

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Mapping the route to sales shopping

It’s that time of year when our town centres and shopping malls across Great Britain are inundated with people, either looking for some bargains or exchanging presents from their friends and family! Changes to these buildings, both in towns and on our of town retail parks, form a part of the 5,000 changes a day Ordnance Survey capture as we maintain the master map of Great Britain.

Change is constant as new centres are built and old buildings come down. The centre of Southampton, for example, has changed enormously in the last 10 years as the West Quay shopping centre was built in the centre and other buildings have since been demolished.  Visiting Bristol recently I found the town centre virtually unrecognisable from the place where I’d shopped as a teenager – and I’m not sure I would have recognised the city centre on a map, which got me thinking…

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