Google Maps puts Manchester town in Llanrumney

November 22, 2012 1 Comment »

Google Maps shows Tottington, on the outskirts of Manchester, located in Llanrumney.

Lying on the outskirts of Manchester, its semi-rural surrounds and attractive old streets have made it an ideal location for commuters to live.

But according to Google Maps, the medieval town of Tottington is now positioned in Cardiff – being placed in Llanrumney between the A48 and Pentwyn Road.

An error in the latest version of the internet giant’s map application has located Tottington in the east of the Welsh capital.

Situated in Greater Manchester, the affluent town of Tottington, near Bury, has a manor that dates back to 1604 and is positioned along the West Pennine Moors – showing little in common with the Cardiff suburb of Llanrumney.

Llanrumney councillor Keith Jones said: “It seems extraordinary. In Llanrumney, we think all roads lead to here, so this just confirms it!

“We sort of think of Llanrumney as the centre of the universe. So it proves us right.”

Referring to the old Llanrumney Manor, birthplace of Welsh buccaneer Sir Henry Morgan, Mr Jones said: “Whatever history the real Tottington holds, we can match it any day of the week. There’s also a theory that the last prince of Wales is buried in the town hall in Llanrumney. So there is lots of history here as well.”

It’s not the first time that a digital maps system has experienced a blunder.

The map feature on Apple’s latest iPhone software misnamed, missed out and misspelled places, much to users’ frustration.

And last night Google said it was working to address the error.

In a statement, the company said: “We work hard to make Google Maps as accurate and helpful as possible for our users, but occasionally there may be small errors.

“We are constantly working to improve the quality and accuracy of the information available in Google Maps and encourage users to let us know about any updates that need to be made by using the Report a Problem tool on the corner of the map.”

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  1. Brendan Bush January 5, 2013 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    This Tottington error is still not fixed, on my Android app, at least, and this article Is dated 6 weeks ago!

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