Thursday, 27 July 2017

Mapping Mountains – Significant Name Changes – Y Trichant

Ffridd Fawr (SJ 166 274)

There has been a Significant Name Change to a hill that is listed in the Y Trichantwith the summit height, drop and status of the hill being confirmed by a Trimble GeoXH 6000 survey which took place on the 7th June 2017.

The criteria for the list that this name change applies to are:

Y Trichant These are the Welsh hills at and above 300m and below 400m in height that have 30m minimum drop,  with an accompanying sub category entitled the Sub-Trichant with these being all Welsh hills at and above 300m and below 400m in height that have 20m and more and below 30m of drop, with the introduction to the re-naming and publication history of this list appearing on Mapping Mountains on the 13th May 2017.

The hill is a part of the Y Berwyn range, this group of hills 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 drop values added the hill was then listed with c 22m of drop.  

Prior to the sub list being standardised and 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 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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