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View from Aughton, looking towards Argleton.

Argleton is a place name of a village that does not really exist. It is a phantom settlement that was shown on Google Maps.[1] It was located in the parish of Aughton, Lancashire. An employee of Edge Hill University noticed this in 2008, and could show that at the location, there are only empty fields.

Some people have suggested that Google added a fake village to Google Maps on purpose to catch out other people in case they plagiarised their work.[2] However, other people have suggested that Google Maps just made a mistake.[1] Argleton had been removed from Google Maps by May 2010.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Leo Hickman (2 November 2009). "Welcome to Argleton, the town that doesn't exist". The Guardian UK website: technology. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  2. Lefort, Rebecca (2009-10-31) (in en-GB). Mystery of Argleton, the 'Google' town that only exists online. ISSN 0307-1235 . Retrieved 2020-02-21. 
  3. Kleinman, Zoe (2010-05-18). "Festival gathers tech avant garde" (in en-GB). BBC News. Retrieved 2020-02-21.