Sunday, 18 September 2016

Mapping Mountains – Significant Name Changes – 300m Twmpau

Pentre Moel Tump (SO 074 418)

This is the thirty eighth 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 29th September 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 Erwyd (Erwood) to the north-east and Gwenddwr to the north-west.

Pentre Moel Tump (SO 074 418)

The hill appeared in the 300m P30 list on Geoff Crowder’s website under an invented name of Twyn y Blaen-huddig, with an accompanying note stating; Name from buildings to the South-West, with Lower Blaen-huddig being the name of a farm.  The listing this hill is now a part of is named Twmpau (thirty welsh metre prominences and upward) and its height was confirmed by the survey with the Trimble. 

Twyn y Blaen-huddig
    Name from buildings to the South-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.  As I progressed through the compilation of these P30 lists I started prefixing these invented names with words that appeared for local hills, and as in this instance I used the name of what I presumed to be a farm and prefixed it with the words Twyn y.  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 and it was local enquiry that gave the name of Pentre Moel Tump for this hill.

The name this hill is now listed by is Pentre Moel Tump, and this was derived from local enquiry.  It is not uncommon in Wales for farms to be named after hills, or in respect of the cynefin for land where the summit of a hill is situated to take on the name of a farm; and in this instance the farm of Pentre-moel is positioned to the east south-east of the hill, and although this farm has recently been bought by that of Upper Rhoel, the hill is still known locally as Pentre Moel Tump.    

The full details for the hill are:

Group:  Mynydd Epynt

Name:  Pentre Moel Tump

Previously Listed Name:  Twyn y Blaen-huddig 

Summit Height:  360.4m (converted to OSGM15)

OS 1:50,000 map:  147, 160

Summit Grid Reference:  SO 07445 41820 

Drop:  51.5m

Myrddyn Phillips (September 2016)

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