Iwan Wmffre's 3 volume "The Place Names of Cardiganshire" (2004) covers
Cardiganshire very thoroughly from earliest maps and archives to OS maps etc.
From: Gareth Hicks <tirbach(a)clara.co.uk>
To: Dyfed <Dyfed(a)rootsweb.com>
Sent: Friday, 25 October 2013, 13:35
Subject: [Dyfed] Place name project
Thanks to a Genuki colleague for drawing this to my attention.
Partners in the project include the NLW, the University of Wales and RCAHMW
The introductory text includes;
"We need help in collecting all the names of places and features in Wales
from the Ordnance Survey’s six-inch to a mile maps of c. 1900.
Why? Because the names of places are a vital key to unlocking the social and
linguistic history of the land. ...............................
You might think that it was easy to come by a list of all the places in
Wales, or Britain, but at this scale it is not – and, of course, the maps
from a century ago preserve many historic names now lost.
For one thing, it is intended that the Wales 1900 gazetteer will form the
backbone of a national collection of the country’s historic place-names,
comprising everything from the earliest medieval records to the field-names
still known to modern farming families.
In addition, there is here a huge potential to tap into local knowledge and
memory. That is why, as well as simply recording the names as they appear on
these historic maps, we want you to tell us more: do you know stories about
the origin of the name, true or apocryphal? do you want to record other
versions of the place-name (especially ones we might not otherwise easily
find), such as a form used by your grandparents? or do you remember the same
place going by another name altogether? ..................................."
There appear to be 126 volunteers already involved.
Genuki Wales http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/wal/
Gareth's Help Page http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ukwales2/hicks.html
Cwmgors a'r Waun
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