Thursday, October 21, 2010

Garden Corner

For a few years this century there was a landscape garden that replaced the scrubby croft, and the smaller billboards. All replaced by a car park. Well you can't operate retail without spaces for customers to place their vehicle. Photo taken from Google Streetview which is useful now, but is going to be a great archive. It already is.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Russian Map View

Before Google got mapping the planet, the Soviet Union produced their own set of maps of the world from 1950 onwards. These are copyright free, unlike Ordnance Survey maps which you've paid for out of taxes and then have to buy back if you want to use even for non commercial applications. Here is the corner of Hardy Lane and Barlow Moor Road. Note the the little road or passage coming off south of Hardy Lane that is not shown on any Ordnance Survey maps. Memory fails me but there might have been a thin narrow passage here but was it wide enough for a car or a tank.

Map copied from , which when I first started this weblog just had the 1848 OS maps but now has lots, lots more. Top tip get the post code for searching and be patient. For the mapping legends that the Soviet military used see here.
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