Monday, 1 August 2016

Mapping Mountains – Significant Name Changes – Y Pedwarau

Painscastle Hill (SO 156 481)

This is the twentieth post under the heading of Significant Name Changes, and the following details are in respect of a hill that was surveyed with the Trimble GeoXH 6000 on the 4th May 2015.

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

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.  This listing of hills is now co-authored with Aled Williams and known as Y Pedwarau, and the hill’s status as a Sub-Pedwar was confirmed by the survey with the Trimble. 

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, in this instance I used a name of a well.  This is not a practice that I now advocate as with a little 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 Y Pedwarau (Europeaklist and Haroldstreet 2013 / 2014) 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

Myrddyn Phillips and Aled Williams (August 2016)

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