The England team will be continuing their FIFA World Cup 2014 campaign tonight and we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for them over in Brazil. Back in Britain, we got to thinking about the 23-strong squad and where they usually play their home games, away from Sao Paulo.
The squad play across nine British grounds – but can you identify the grounds shown on our map? We’ve shown eight of the nine grounds in OS MasterMap, with all of the street names and so on removed, to make it a little more challenging. Can you name them all – and tell us the name of the ninth ground, missing from the quiz?
Please note that home grounds are correct as of the date the 23-man England squad was announced and will not reflect any changes as a result of transfers and deals since the end of the football season.
Our last few railway station quizzes proved very popular, so as many of you may be jumping on trains to head away for the Bank Holiday weekend, or head home from your half term trips, we thought we’d run another. We’re making 10,000 changes a day to our database holding the vast master map of Great Britain and changes to the rail network and railway stations themselves form a part of that.
We’ve found out a few facts about our railway network too, did you know:
If you’ve got that Friday feeling and would like some geo-fun, why not give our map slider game a go? I ‘m sure most of us played one of these games as children (some of us in ‘real life’ with plastic sliders, others of you on screen!). Simply move the blocks around the screen until you get the picture displayed in the correct order, showing a place in Britain using our OS MasterMap Topography Layer.
If you know where it is, let us know on the blog…and if you need a bit of help completing the puzzle, the image you’re trying to complete is down at the bottom of the page.
When it comes to motor-racing, it’s often Formula 1 that grabs the headlines, especially right now with the 2014 season about to get underway this weekend. And when it comes to British racing tracks, most people would name Silverstone (shown below), Brands Hatch or Donington and then struggle to add more names.
All three of these racing circuits have hosted the British Grand Prix in Formula 1 – Silverstone is the current host, and held it’s first F1 race in 1948; Donington hosted the 1993 race, won by the late Ayrton Senna; and Brands Hatch has hosted 12 F1 races, taking place between 1964 and 1986. But in fact, we have a number of other race tracks in Britain for motor-racing, motorcyles and even karting.
We’re making 10,000 changes a day to the master map of Great Britain, keeping track as the nation changes roads, buildings and more. Our most detailed mapping, OS MasterMap, contains over 450 million features, from houses, schools and hospitals to woodland, shingle beaches and railways.
We event mark the function of some buildings on our popular leisure range of maps – so you can identify youth hostels, pubs and other handy places when you’re out walking or cycling. We don’t mark the use of all buildings though – and not the kind of buildings we’re asking you to identify in today’s map quiz.
You may well have visited one of Britain’s many aquariums while on a family holiday or day out, but would you recognise it on a map? There are eight extracts of OS MasterMap below showing aquariums across Great Britain. Post your answers on the blog and we’ll let you know the answers later.
For us, December is the last month of the year, but for the Romans, the year ran from March to February, making December the tenth month. Roman Britain was a province of the Roman Empire, with the province extending as far north as the Antonine Wall (along the Forth-Clyde line and north of Hadrian’s Wall which many think of as the extent of Roman Britain).
Unsurprisingly, after such a prolonged period of Roman rule, there are Roman influences still visible in Great Britain today. The Romans founded many towns and cities still in existence today as well as building an extensive road and sewer network.
As Roman Britain still forms a part of the national curriculum and there is such a huge interest in Roman sites and artefacts, we even produce an Ordnance Survey map of Roman Britain, showing key Roman sites overlain on modern road information.
A recent trip to a lighthouse on holiday (pictured) inspired the latest Friday fun quiz. Lighthouses have been about in various formats since at least 280BC; first being stone towers or minarets with fires lit at the top, before moving towards the stone towers with lighthouse keepers tending the lights that we all remember from childhood stories and onwards towards the age of electric, where lighthouse keepers started to decline.
There are 370 features classed as lighthouses (both working and disused and in many different shapes and forms) in Great Britain according to our master map database, containing our most detailed data. Traditional lighthouses in England and Wales are looked after by Trinity House; in Scotland, by the Northern Lighthouse Board. As lighthouses fell out of traditional use, they continue to be popular, often used as tourist attractions to visit the tower and climb to the top, or even as holiday homes for families to rent out.
If you’ve been entertaining your family over the half term break, it’s always possible that you’ve been to one of Britain’s seaside resorts and taken a stroll along a pier recently. These structures, often known as pleasure piers, started appearing in the 1800s, once the railway network brought mass tourism to the seaside resorts. Due to tidal ranges at certain resorts, the sea wasn’t always visible and the pier enabled tourists to walk out over the sea even if the tide was out (although no pier seemed long enough to account for the tidal range at Weston-super-Mare when I was a child).
According to Wikipedia, the world’s longest pleasure pier is here in Britain, at Southend-on-sea, and extending some 1.3 miles into the Thames Estuary. It can’t compete with the world’s longest pier in Mexico though. The town of Progreso sits on a limestone shelf that drops away gradually as it gets further out to sea. As a result, when they built a pier to allow cruise ships to dock here, it had to be long – over 4 miles long in fact.
Piers in Britain form a part of the 450 million features in our detailed master map of Great Britain. So, we dug into our database and came up with eight examples of piers for you to identify. Post your answers on our blog and claim the glory as an expert pier identifier.
Last year’s railway station quiz proved very popular, so as many of you may be jumping on trains across the country to head home from work or away for the weekend, we thought we’d run another. Changes to the rail network and railway stations themselves form a part of the tens of thousands of changes Ordnance Survey capture each month as we maintain the master map of Great Britain.
The oldest railway stations in Great Britain are almost as old as Ordnance Survey itself (founded in 1791). It’s thought that the world’s first railway station was built for the Swansea and Mumbles Railway in 1807 and the world’s oldest station still in use is Broad Green railway station in Liverpool, England, which was built in 1830.
So, even if you are nipping in and out of a railway station today, would we recognise it on a map? There are eight extracts of OS MasterMap below showing train stations across Great Britain. We’ve stripped off all the road names and labels to make you work that bit harder. Post your answers on the blog and we’ll let you know the answers later.
It’s a Friday in Maptember, so it must be time for a fun map quiz. Our team of 250 surveyors work in tandem with our Flying Unit to capture all the changes to buildings, road networks, and the landscape across Great Britain. We aim to capture all major changes and have them on the map within six months of completion.
We have eight extracts of OS MasterMap below showing ferry ports across Great Britain. Can you name them? Post your answers on the blog and we’ll let you know the answers later.