Friday 27 June 2008


Gilberdyke is a village that we have ignored for too long, so we set off to sort it out. There's a lot of newish housing estates, with no real centre to the place. It used to lie on the A63 that connected Hull to the rest of the world. Then someone built the M62 and suddenly Gilberdyke was in the middle of nowhere, even the A63 is now the B1230.

There is a business park, actually an industrial estate, and I did some IT work there a few years ago for a company making really interesting plastic film {yawn}.

There was a new sports field out to the west, with vicious speed humps, and on the way out we spotted a wild tree mallow, which Jean likes. Her collection of wild flower photos already includes a tree mallow (Lavatera arborea), but you, dear reader, might like to see what one is so here it is:

We have done a lot of mapping in Hull recently, so it is refreshing to get back into the countryside.

Thursday 26 June 2008

Get the needle

With rain threatening I though we could add a bit more of the east side of Beverley Road in Hull. We found a few new residential roads, including a couple that were far from complete. Unusually, they had street names up even though the building work was still under way. Needlers used to make sweets, now the factory site is being made into a small housing estate, called Needlers Way.

Towards the end of our short session, we went past the Endeavour High School, just the kids were leaving. We wanted a photo of the sign, but a woman took our registration number - I think for taking a photo near a school. That needled me no end.

Yesterday I checked out the tiles I'd requested to re-render in Osmarender. I noticed that a cycle route (NCN 66) rendered as a red splodge over the roads at zoom 17. That doesn't make any sense - there is a lovely cycle map to show them. Names in the map were screwed up for example St. Mary's instead of St. Mary's. And then the areas of schools have an automatically inserted school symbol placed near the middle of the area. I have carefully drawn the areas, as best I can, and tried to place a school node where the building is. Now, suddenly, there are two icons, one for my node and one for the area. Now this lot really gave me the needle. Today the route splodge and the name nonsense are fixed, but not the school area.

I think Osmarender is quickly becoming the debug map, with Mapnik being the default 'official' render, so maybe these changes are to be expected, but as far as I can see these are unannounced, not discussed and just applied by someone. Most of the changes are good: quarries now render for example, but these changes suck.

Wednesday 25 June 2008

Ghost at home

The map of Hull is slowly improving. Today we covered the remaining part of the North of Hull that is alongside the West bank of the river Hull. It was the normal estate bashing, which is not too exciting but something always turns up.

Jean told me that the Mizzen Road estate was known as the Ghost Estate because no-one wanted to move in there. They were afraid of flooding being so close to the river. The irony is that the terrible flooding in the city - exactly one year ago today - was not caused by the river but by such heavy rain that the surface water couldn't run away fast enough. There are still people living in caravans in their front gardens while their homes are being rebuilt. We saw some today. You can view the map here.

We then moved to finish an area of Wincolmlee, nearer the heart of the city, but still near the river. This is an industrial area with the usual mix of new metal sheds and some old brick buildings with every type of business. In amongst this there is a slightly incongruous, rather splendid building being used as a care home.

We still need to add the landuse tags for the Wincolmlee area. We are getting close to completing half of the city.

Saturday 21 June 2008

Never trust what you think you know

On a damp Saturday afternoon, I thought a few bits or tidying up would help. We set out into Hull to check a couple of schools of Endyke Lane. I thought I knew their extent, but as usual it was worth checking. They occupy a triangle near the university, but in one corner there is a Jehovah's Witness church which I knew nothing about. One of the schools has changed its name too. We went to look at St. Mary's college, which is nearby. Again I thought it filled a space but some of the space is now a sport centre. A few photos and some way points help mark the edges, and a quick drive round the sports centre car park help mark the extent of the school.

Then we set off to Clough Road. It has a strip of warehouse-style shops surrounded by old industrial areas. It housed the first Comet pile-it-high in the country. A few short side roads help to judge where the retail ends and the industrial starts. It didn't take long, but a nice chunk of land up to the river Hull is now well tagged. Take a look.

Wednesday 11 June 2008

Nearly halfway

The sky looked black. All the jobs were done at home. The allotment was fairly tidy. So a spin out into the Yorkshire countryside seemed in order. I've been maintaining a list of the mapping progress through the East Yorkshire villages for many months. Some people have updated it too, but some people have put in loads of detail on the map, but the list has been left behind. I thought I'd check out some of the villages near Stamford Bridge. This is the north-west of East Yorkshire and has had a lot of work done over the last six months or so, but not by me.

We headed out to Low and High Catton and worked our way back home via Pocklington and Market Weighton. I wanted to check that the roads were all in place with names where possible and the amenities such as churches, pubs schools and the like were mapped. We added a few roads, especially a small estate in Full Sutton and a few minor country lanes. We added a few names to roads though it's surprising how many small villages don't have any street names on show. I wonder what their address is? We found a road called Feoffee Common Lane, which is a great name.

We followed part of the national cycle network route 66 on and off, adding a couple of missing country lanes it uses. The section from Market Weighton to Stamford bridge is now complete.

Oh yes, we're nearly halfway through the villages in East Yorkshire. Take a look.

Sunday 8 June 2008

Church or not

Buoyed up by the progress with the North Hull estate we decided to do some more. It's a bit of a slog, but the progress is visible. Now there is not much left to complete the estates, and with that almost all of Hull to the west of Beverley road (the main road heading north out of the city) will be complete. Take a look.

One point of confusion was the Holy Name church on Hall Road. It's a modest, rather unassuming church which I couldn't see much of sign for. The building right next door looked like a church hall so Jean snapped a photo for the name. When we got home I took a good look at the photo and it wasn't quite what I expected ...

Friday 6 June 2008

North Hull Estate

Every city has housing estates - that's what makes most cities more than just a town. Hull has various estates of various ages and with varying reputations. The North Hull Estate is next to the Orchard Park Estate and is one of the older estates.

The houses have had some refurbishments and the roads are smothered with vicious speed humps. All the roads are numbered avenues. I can see absolutely no system or reason for the way the numbers are chosen.

I had some surprises: a tiny park tucked away in the estate and the huge fifth avenue school that is now derelict. In its grounds, which used to be a large sports field, there's a new school, so not much sports field left. I don't see the sense of that.

There were some small cul-de-sacs off Endike Lane. They then allowed me to set the limits of the sports fields that lie to the south. There is more detail in the fields, but I haven't got any markers yet to distinguish them, so one big space will do for now, besides they are used for football, rugby and hockey in winter and cricket in summer so how to tag? There are some tennis courts in the space too, but again I haven't got any tracks yet, and poor resolution Yahoo! images so I can't trace them.

You can see the map here.

Monday 2 June 2008


We added a few more streets in Hull, especially around the university. I thought it might be a bit difficult to know the boundaries of things, but it was fine. The university has a girls school (Newland) next to it, but the school is beautifully framed by service road. There is also a police sports ground in the space too, but once again it has a framing road round most of it. The hi-tech business park was enclosed by a road and a stream, so it all went well.

We added some newish residential roads that sit where a teacher-training college used to be. A few more simple roads and we were done.

There are some other sports grounds and a couple of schools for special needs kids to add. Access is difficult, but the roads around should frame them too.

Take a look at the map.