Friday, 5 August 2016

Mapping Mountains – Significant Name Changes – 300m Twmpau

Craigol (SN 979 587)

This is the twenty second 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 23rd May 2015.

The hill is situated in the Elenydd, which is an extensive range of hills taking in the central part of Wales.  The hill is positioned to the west of the town of Pontnewydd ar Wy (Newbridge-on-Wye), and further west are vast tracts of open moor.

The Trimble GeoXH 6000 gathering data on the summit of Craigol

The hill appeared in the 300m P30 list on Geoff Crowder’s website under an invented name of Bryn Craigol, with an accompanying note stating; Name from buildings to the South-East, with Craigol being the name of a farm.  The listing this hill is now a part of is named Twmpau (thirty welsh metre prominences and upward) and its status as a P30 was confirmed by the survey with the Trimble. 

Bryn Craigol
    Name from buildings to the South-East

During my early hill listing I thought it appropriate to invent a name for a hill if no name seemed to appear for it on Ordnance Survey maps of the day.  My preference was to use farm names and put Pen, Bryn or Moel in front of them.  This is not a practice that I now advocate as with a little research either conducted locally or historically an appropriate name for the hill can usually be found.

The name this hill is now listed by is Craigol, and this was derived from local enquiry.  It is not uncommon in Wales for farms to be named after hills, or in respect of the cynefin for land where the summit of a hill is situated to take on the name of a farm; however it is advisable to make enquiry before jumping to a conclusion.

The full details for the hill are:

Group:  Elenydd

Name:  Craigol

Previously Listed Name:  Bryn Craigol 

Summit Height:  361.0m (converted to OSGM15)

OS 1:50,000 map:  147

Summit Grid Reference:  SN 97939 58725  

Drop:  33.9m

Myrddyn Phillips (August 2016)

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