Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Mapping Mountains – Significant Name Changes – Y Pedwarau

Fountain Head Well Field (SO 231 722)

There has been a Significant Name Change to a hill that was surveyed for inclusion in the listing of the Y Pedwarau, with the summit height, drop and status of the hill confirmed by a survey with the Trimble GeoXH 6000 which took place on the 19th April 2018.

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

Y Pedwarau – Welsh hills at and above 400m and below 500m in height that have 30m minimum drop.  Accompanying the main list of the Y Pedwarau are five categories of sub hills, with this hill being surveyed for inclusion in the 400m Sub-Pedwarau.  The criteria for 400m Sub-Pedwar status are all Welsh hills at and above 400m and below 500m in height that have 20m and more and below 30m of drop.
The list is co-authored by Myrddyn Phillips and Aled Williams, with the introduction to the Mapping Mountains publication of the list appearing on the 30th January 2017.

The hill is adjoined to the Beacon Hill range of hills, which are situated in the north-eastern part of Mid and West Wales (Region B, Sub-Region B1), and it is positioned between the B4356 road to the south-west and the B4355 road to the north-east, and has the small town of Tref-y-clawdd (Knighton) to the east.

David Williams dropping feed off for the sheep on top of Fountain Head Well Field (SO 231 722)

Prior to the survey with the Trimble GeoXH 6000 for this hill’s potential inclusion as a 400m Sub-Pedwar it was not classified having 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 of the field where the summit of this hill is situated has come from local enquiry. 

When visiting this hill and surveying its summit and bwlch I met David Williams who farms from White Anthony (SO 258 731), with his family’s farm being Fountain Head (SO 228 727), David told me that the hill I had just visited was a part of Fountain Head’s land and although the hill itself did not have a name, the field where the summit is situated is known as Fountain Head Well Field as there is a well at the top, this is a small covered reservoir that is housed in an old fenced compound.

David Williams

Therefore, the name this hill is now listed by is Fountain Head Well Field, and this was derived from local enquiry. 

The full details for the hill are:

Group:  Beacon Hill

Name:  Fountain Head Well Field

Previously Listed Name:  not previously listed

Summit Height:  405.3m (converted to OSGM15)

OS 1:50,000 map:  137, 148

Summit Grid Reference:  SO 23159 72299

Drop:  18.0m (converted to OSGM15)

The Trimble GeoXH 6000 gathering data at the summit of Fountain Head Well Field (SO 231 722)

Myrddyn Phillips and Aled Williams (June 2018)

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