Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Mapping Mountains – Significant Name Changes – 200m Twmpau

Bank Wood (SJ 171 115)

This is the forty seventh 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 20th January 2016.

The hill is part of the Carnedd Wen range, which is an extensive group of hills situated in the southern part of north Wales.  The hill is positioned between the small community of Meifod to its north-west and Cegidfa (Guilsfield) to its east.

Bank Wood (SJ 171 115)

The hill appeared in the 200m P30 list on Geoff Crowder’s website under the partly invented name Bank Wood Top, with an accompanying note stating; Name from wood to the North-East.  The listing this hill is now a part of is named Twmpau (thirty welsh metre prominences and upward) and its height was confirmed by the survey with the Trimble. 

Bank Wood Top
   Name from wood to the North-East

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.  My preference was to use farm names and put Pen, Bryn or Moel in front of them or as in this instance, use the name of the wood which extends and takes in the summit of this hill and add the word Top.  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.   

Therefore, as an appropriate name for this hill already exists on current Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 Explorer maps, the use of the invented word of Top is wholly unnecessary; therefore the name this hill is now listed by in the Twmpau is Bank Wood.

The full details for the hill are:

Group:  Carnedd Wen

Name:  Bank Wood

Previously Listed Name:  Bank Wood Top 

Summit Height:  266.8m (converted to OSGM15)

OS 1:50,000 map:  125

Summit Grid Reference:  SJ 17129 11574  

Drop:  40.1m

Myrddyn Phillips (October 2016)


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