Saturday, 21 January 2017

Mapping Mountains – Significant Name Changes – Y Pedwarau and Y Pellennig

Esgair Cerrig (SN 952 432)

This is the sixty seventh 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 28th December 2016.

The hill is a part of the Mynydd Epynt range, which is situated in the south-eastern part of Mid and West Wales (Region B, Sub-Region B-2), and is positioned above the small community of Llangamarch (Llangammarch Wells) to the north north-west and the small town of Llanwrtyd (Llanwrtyd Wells) to the west north-west. 

Esgair Cerrig (SN 952 432)

The hill appeared in the 400m P30 list on Geoff Crowder’s website under the name Twyn Rhyd-car North Top, with an accompanying note stating ‘name from hill to the south’.  This listing of hills is now co-authored with Aled Williams and known as Y Pedwarau, the hill is also listed as a Pellennig and the height of the hill was confirmed by the survey with the Trimble GeoXH 6000. 

Twyn Rhyd-car North Top
  Name from hill to the South

Hill list authors are prone to list a hill by the name that appears nearest to its summit on Ordnance Survey maps, without much consideration for its local or historical confirmation, or whether map placement is appropriate, and when the hill is unnamed on Ordnance Survey maps list authors are prone to either invent a name for the hill, supplant a name from a near feature that can result in it being inappropriate for the name of the hill or they can use a directional name from a near named hill, and in the case of this hill it was the latter that I opted for, using the name of Twyn Rhyd Car and adding the directional element of North Top to it.

This is not a practice that I now advocate as with time and inclination place-name data can be improved either by asking local people or by examining historical documents, through this form of research an appropriate name for the hill can usually be found, and in the case of this hill it was a local farmer who gave the name Esgair Cerrig for land taking in the summit of this hill.

Therefore the name this hill is listed by in Y Pedwarau (Europeaklist May 2013 and Haroldstreet January 2014) and Y Pellennig - The Remotest Hills of Wales is Esgair Cerrig and this was derived from local enquiry.

The full details for the hill are:

Group:  Mynydd Epynt

Name:  Esgair Cerrig

Previously Listed Name:  Twyn Rhyd-car North Top 

Summit Height:  456.4m (converted to OSGM15)

OS 1:50,000 map:  147, 160

Summit Grid Reference:  SN 95224 43297 
Drop:  35.6m (converted to OSGM15)

Myrddyn Phillips and Aled Williams (January 2017)

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