Where are all the boxes?

A lot of time is spent in front of a computer finding the detail of phone box locations. I have used several sites to assist me. From these I have extracted the locations and marked them on a map. I doubt the coordinates are correct as the devil as always is in the detail.

Waymarking.com list the following “Red Telephone boxes”. I find waymarking.com to have the most correct data, with similar methods for recording locations as I have used (in fact its why I am listing sites in the manner I do, so its easy to transpose over to waymarking.com). However looking at all the site Is have visited in North Warwickshire and the big hole in their data set show’s it is not the full story.

OpenStreetMap using the overpass-turbo api I asked “Booth=k6”. this list fo telephones could be far more populated but it suffers from endless variations of how the phones were listed in OpenStreetView. I am just using the “k6” term, other terms such as “covered” pull up more sites, but one doesn’t know is they are K6 phones or more modern booths, which is not my aim.

Thick Creamy Discharge Library list is a bit out of date, but the author has put some serious energy into compelling it, so it is a list I can follow.

These three data sets are added together below, which at first sight looks like a fair coverage, but there are some big gaps, as my own hunting has shown.

I will start to produce my own data map as the number increase, and when I find time I am updating my spots and finds onto Waymarking.com albeit one of the worst and slowest sites I use.

I aware of the X2connect website that has a great map of known adopted sites.

There is also the Heartsafe website showing Defibrillator locations (not all are phone boxes).

In a similar vein the Minutes Matter website shows its site locations in the UK.

Last and by far the biggest challenge to extract data, is from BT themselves, who have been very reluctant in the past to individuals in providing site locations, so I have not gone down that route. BT has on the whole been obliged to seek planning permission to remove boxes and several rounds of consultations have taken place with councils. The documents are generally PDF and its not easy to extract the data. BT have sent out 100’s of these requests. But it does add to the data set. I shall be slowly working through these as I find them on planning portals and find the time and energy to extract the data.

below is an example the challenge, to get the minot a format where the data can be digitised and then a google search to discover if it is a K6 box.