The "historic" boundaries, though, whatever particular snapshot of them you choose as the most important one, don't have any relevance to everyday life.

Are not some of them still relevant to post-code areas and postal counties?

Lots of useful stuff appears on OSM for which there is nothing physical on the ground. Bus stops in rural areas are frequently timetabled as "Rose & Crown" or the name of a side road. There is nothing on the ground.

In this area I was taken to task for adjusting an unexplained boundary, which turned out to be the local "PlusBus" area boundary for inclusive fares from the nearest railway station:


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