Thursday, 22 September 2016

Mapping Mountains – Significant Name Changes – 100m Twmpau

Bersham Bank (SJ 311 481)

There has been a Significant Name Change to a hill that is listed in the 100m Twmpau, and the following details are in respect of a hill that was surveyed with the Trimble GeoXH 6000 on the 13th October 2015.

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

100m Twmpau - All Welsh hills at and above 100m and below 200m in height that have 30m minimum drop, with the word Twmpau being an acronym standing for thirty welsh metre prominences and upward.

The hill is a part of the Moel y Gamelin range; this group of hills are situated in the north-eastern part of north Wales.  The hill is positioned above the busy A 483 road and is situated on the southern outskirts of Rhostyllen, which is a south-western suburb of Wrecsam (Wrexham).

Bersham Bank (SJ 311 481)

Prior to the survey with the Trimble GeoXH 6000 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, with the hill's height and classification being confirmed by the survey with the Trimble GeoXH 6000. 

Extract from the Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 Explorer map indicating the position of the hill with Colliery (disused)

Therefore the name this hill is now listed by in the 100m Twmpau is Bersham Bank, and this is the preferred locally known name for the hill and it is derived from the Bersham Colliery whose waste spoil makes up this artificial hill, with the second element of the name given to local hills that are the product of mine spoil.

The full details for the hill are:

Group:  Moel y Gamelin

Name:  Bersham Bank

Previously Listed Name:  Previously not classified 

Summit Height:  153.6m (converted to OSGM15)

OS 1:50,000 map:  117

Summit Grid Reference:  SJ 31159 48116
Drop:  c 51m

Myrddyn Phillips (September 2016)

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