Argleton, where is that? Google Maps knows, we don't

Wed 4 November 2009 09:05, Bas van den Beld

Argleton, where is that? Google Maps knows, we don't

A pretty remarkable sighting on Google Maps this weekend. The Telegraph reported a town on Google Maps, which doesn't even exist: meet Argleton.

The discovery is not from this weekend, already in September 2008 it was spotted by a UK resident. Someone actually went to go and search for Argleton and posted pictures of the place that doesn't exist. BUt Google actually made a Argleton place page.

For Google Maps UK Google works with TeleAtlas as their provider. They will probably remove the town from the maps.

Google stated:

“While the vast majority of this information is correct there are occasional errors. We’re constantly working to improve the quality and accuracy of the information available in Google Maps and appreciate our users’ feedback in helping us do so. People can report an issue to the data provider directly and this will be updated at a later date.”

How can this happen? There are many theories. One of which is that many map-makers put in fake towns on their maps so they have proof when someone copies their maps.


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