Sunday, 11 February 2018

Mapping Mountains – Significant Name Changes – The Fours

Stoney Pound Hill (SO 234 808)

There has been a Significant Name Change to a hill that is listed in The Fours, with the summit height of the hill confirmed by a Trimble GeoXH 6000 survey conducted by Myrddyn Phillips which took place on the 10th March 2015.

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

The Fours – English hills at and above 400m and below 500m in height that have 30m minimum drop. 

The list is co-authored by Myrddyn Phillips and Aled Williams, with the 1st edition of the list having been published by Europeaklist in December 2013 and by Haroldstreet in January 2014, with the 2nd edition of the list due for publication by Mapping Mountains Publications in early 2018.

The hill is situated in the Welsh Borders and is placed in Region 38, Section 38A with its Cardinal Hill being Cilfaesty (SO 128 840).  The hill is positioned above a number of minor roads and has the River Clun to its north and the River Teme to its south, and has the small community of Newcastle to its north-east and the town of Clun to its east.

When the listing that is now known as The Fours was originally compiled this hill appeared under the name of Hurgin North Top, the name was then given as Garn Rock Hill~ (Hurgin: N Top) when this list was uploaded to the RHB Yahoo group file database and data then augmented from Clem Clements.

Hurgin North Top    437m      SO 234 808

Authors name from hill to the South

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.  This included using a directional name, which supplants the name of another hill as that for the hill in question and adding a directional element to it, as in; Hurgin North Top.  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now advocate as with time and inclination place-name data can be improved either by asking local people or by examining historical documents, through this form of research an appropriate name for the hill can usually be found, and in this case the name Stoney Pound Hill was derived through research conducted by Aled Williams with the local farming community.

Extract from the Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 Landranger map

Therefore, the name this hill is now listed by in The Fours is Stoney Pound Hill and this was derived from local enquiry. 

The full details for the hill are:

Group:  Beacon Hill

Name:  Stoney Pound Hill

Previously Listed Name:  Hurgin North Top 

Summit Height:  438.3m (converted to OSGM15)

OS 1:50,000 map:  137

Summit Grid Reference:  SO 23445 80810
Drop:  61m

The Trimble GeoXH 6000 gathering data at the summit of Stoney Pound Hill (SO 234 808)

Myrddyn Phillips and Aled Williams (February 2018)

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