Friday, 2 September 2016

Mapping Mountains – Significant Name Changes – Y Pedwarau

Corun Fanolau (SO 015 361)

This is the thirty fourth 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 18th August 2015.

The hill is part of Mynydd Epynt, which is a group of hills situated in the south-eastern part of mid and west Wales.  The hill is positioned between the small communities of Merthyr Cynog to the west north-west and Lower Chapel to the east south-east.

Corun Fanolau (SO 015 361)

The hill appeared in the 400m P30 list on Geoff Crowder’s website under the partly invented name Bryn Fanolau, with an accompanying note stating; Name from farm to the South-West.  This listing of hills is now co-authored with Aled Williams and known as Y Pedwarau

Bryn Fanolau
   Clem/Yeaman. Trig pillar. Name from farm to the South-West.

During my early hill listing I thought it appropriate to either invent a name for a hill, or use a name that appeared near to the summit of the hill 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 as in this instance, use the name of what I presumed to be a farm and prefix it with the word Bryn.  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.  

Since publication of these P30 lists on Geoff Crowder’s website there have been a number of Ordnance Survey maps made available online, some of these are historical such as the series of Six-Inch maps on the National Library of Scotland website, whilst others are current and digitally updated such as the enlarged map on the Geograph website.  One of the historical maps now available is the Ordnance Survey Draft Surveyors map which formed the basis for the first publicly available Ordnance Survey One-Inch ‘Old Series’ map, and it is details on this map that formed the basis for the change in this hill’s listed name. 

Extract from the Ordnance Survey Draft Surveyors map

The name this hill is now listed by in Y Pedwarau (Europeaklist May 2013 and Haroldstreet January 2014) is Corun Fanolau (conforming to standard modern Welsh), and this was derived from the Ordnance Survey Draft Surveyors map.

The full details for the hill are:

Group:  Mynydd Epynt

Name:  Corun Fanolau

Previously Listed Name:  Bryn Fanolau
Summit Height:  423.2m (converted to OSGM15)

OS 1:50,000 map:  160

Summit Grid Reference:  SO 01525 36160  

Drop:  c 97m

Myrddyn Phillips and Aled Williams (September 2016)

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