Thursday, 27 July 2017

Mapping Mountains – Significant Name Changes – Y Trichant

Ffridd Fawr (SJ 166 274)

This is the seventy ninth 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 7th June 2017.

The hill is a part of the Y Berwyn group of hills, which is situated in the south-eastern part of North Wales (Region A, Sub-Region A4), and is positioned above the small community of Moelfre which is to the east north-east of the hill, and between Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant to the west south-west and Llansilin towards the east. 

Ffridd Fawr (SJ 166 274)

The hill did not appear in the sub list adjoined to the 300m P30 list on Geoff Crowder’s website, when this sub list was standardised and also drop values added the hill was then listed with c 22m of drop.  The listing this hill is now a part of is named Y Trichant and these are the 300m height band of hills within the Twmpau (thirty welsh metre prominences and upward) and its summit height, drop and status was confirmed by a survey with the Trimble GeoXH 6000.  

Prior to the sub list being standardised and also drop values added the hill was not classified as it had not appeared in any known listing of hills.  Therefore, although there is no change in this hill’s listed name it is worth categorising under the heading of Significant Name Changes as the name this hill is now listed by comes from local enquiry.

When visiting the summit of the hill I was fortunate to meet the local farmer; Edgar Williams, who farms from Bronheulog which is situated towards the east of the hill.  Edgar is aged 48 and comes from Pen-y-bont-fawr with Bronheulog being his wife’s family home.  When asked the name of the hill Edgar had no hesitation in telling me it was known as Ffridd Fawr, when translated this can mean the large upland pasture.

Edgar Williams

Therefore the name this hill is now listed by in the Y Trichant and the Twmpau is Ffridd Fawr and this name was derived from local enquiry. 

The full details for the hill are:

Group:  Y Berwyn

Name:  Ffridd Fawr

Previously Listed Name:  Previously not classified 

Summit Height:  335.1m (converted to OSGM15)

OS 1:50,000 map:  125

Summit Grid Reference:  SJ 16688 27439
Drop:  22.7m (converted to OSGM15)

Myrddyn Phillips (July 2017)

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