Sunday, 12 March 2017

Mapping Mountains – Significant Name Changes – 200m Twmpau


Cribyn (SO 198 917)

This is the sixty eighth 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 7th March 2017.

The hill is adjoined to the Beacon Hill range, which is situated in the north-eastern part of Mid and West Wales (Region B, Sub-Region B1), and is positioned above the A 489 and the village of Sarn which are to its south-east, and between the larger villages of Yr Ystog (Churchstoke) to the east north-east and Ceri (Kerry) to the west south-west.  

Cribyn (SO 198 917)

The hill appeared in the 200m P30 list on Geoff Crowder’s v-g.me website under the name Cefnyberin, with an accompanying note stating; Name from buildings to the North-West & South.  The listing this hill is now a part of is named Twmpau (thirty welsh metre prominences and upward) and its height was confirmed by a survey with the Trimble GeoXH 6000. 


Cefnyberin
241m
136
214/216
Name from buildings to the North-West & South
  

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 and in this instance, use the name of a near farm and exclude the word Isaf, Little and Great, as in: Cefnyberin Isaf, Little Cefnyberin and Great Cefnyberin, all of which are names given to three farms near this hill.  This is not a practice that I now advocate as with time and inclination place-name data can be improved either by asking local people or by examining historical documents, through this form of research an appropriate name for the hill can usually be found, and in the case of this hill it was a local farmer who gave the name the Cribyn.

The local farmer is Mark Bufton who farms from Cefnyberin to the immediate south of the hill.  Although the summit of this hill is not on Mark’s land he has farmed the southerly land of this hill for the past 17 years.  Mark is not a Welsh speaker and did not know the meaning of the name he gave me for the hill, he spelt the hill’s name as the Cribben, this is an anglicised version of the Welsh word Cribyn, which can be translated as little crest, and when visiting the summit of this hill its small summit ridge extends northward, in affect this is its little crest.

Mark Bufton with the Cribyn in the background

Therefore the name this hill is now listed by in the Twmpau is the Cribyn, and this name was derived from local enquiry. 


The full details for the hill are:

Group:  Beacon Hill

Name:  Cribyn

Previously Listed Name:  Cefnyberin 

Summit Height:  241.5m (converted to OSGM15)

OS 1:50,000 map:  136

Summit Grid Reference:  SO 19882 91763  

Drop:  39m





Myrddyn Phillips (March 2017)



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