Monday, 1 August 2016

Mapping Mountains – Significant Name Changes – Y Pedwarau

Painscastle Hill (SO 156 481)

There has been a Significant Name Change to a hill that appears in the Y Pedwarau, and the following details are in respect of a hill that was surveyed with the Trimble GeoXH 6000 on the 4th May 2015.

The criteria for the list that this name change affects are:

Y Pedwarau These are the Welsh hills at and above 400m and below 500m in height that have 30m minimum drop,  with one of the accompanying sub lists being the 400m Sub-Pedwarau, and these are the Welsh hills at and above 400m and below 500m in height that have 20m and more and below 30m of drop.  The list is co-authored by Myrddyn Phillips and Aled Williams, and the introduction to the Mapping Mountains publication of this list appeared on the 30th January 2017.

The hill is a part of the Fforest Glud, which is an extensive group of hills situated in the eastern part of mid and west Wales.  The hill is positioned with the small communities of Castell-paen (Painscastle) to its south south-east and Bryngwyn to its east north-east.

Painscastle Hill (SO 156 481)

The hill appeared in the Sub List that accompanied the 400m P30 list on Geoff Crowder’s website, under the name Ireland’s Well Hill, with an accompanying note stating; Name from well to the West.  

Ireland's Well Hill
    Name from well to the West

During my early hill listing I thought it appropriate to invent a name for a hill if no name seemed to appear for it on Ordnance Survey maps of the day.  My preference was to use farm names and put Pen, Bryn or Moel in front of them, and in this instance I used a name of a well.  This is not a practice that I now advocate as with research either conducted locally or historically an appropriate name for the hill can usually be found.

The name this hill is now listed by in the Y Pedwarau is Painscastle Hill, and this was derived from local enquiry.

The full details for the hill are:

Group:  Fforest Glud

Name:  Painscastle Hill

Previously Listed Name:  Ireland’s Well Hill
Summit Height:  445.9m (converted to OSGM15)

OS 1:50,000 map:  148

Summit Grid Reference:  SO 15689 48172 
Drop:  29.7m (converted to OSGM15)

Myrddyn Phillips and Aled Williams (August 2016)

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