Montgomeryshire Placename Database

Peter Barton, 2004

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The Place Names Project

Initiated in 1987 under the direction of the late G.G.Evans, with Dr Glyn Tegai Hughes as Chairman and the late J.G.T.Sheringham as Recording Supervisor, the Project was able to employ the services of Bruce Grenyer to input the later stages of the recording. The basic maps used were the 1: 25 000 OS, together with the 2nd ed. 6" of 1902+ , the 1836/37 OS 1", and the Tithe Maps. This stage was completed in 1998.

The deaths of the two directing figures meant that the project could not proceed to evaluate the wealth of material available in Dewi Machreth Ellis's University of Wales MA thesis of 854 typescript pages on the place names of Montgomeryshire (1935, in Welsh) and the historical records of the Melville Richards place names archive at the University of Wales Bangor. The project obtained financial support from the the Powysland Club, the British Academy, the Board of Celtic Studies of the University of Wales, the Mark Fitch Fund, the Gwendoline and Margaret Davies Charities, and a number of Community Councils.The disk was made available to the National Library of Wales, the Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust, Powys Archives, the Board of Celtic Studies, the Institute of Advanced Celtic and Welsh Studies, the Melville Richards Archive and the County Library (Newtown).

A list of Montgomeryshire place names together with interpretations of meanings has been published by Richard Morgan in Welsh Heritage Series no. 10: A Study of Montgomeryshire Place-Names (Llanrwst, 2001).

The Powysland Club

The Powysland Club was founded in 1866 and is the oldest county historical society in Wales. Its acclaimed journal the Montgomeryshire Collections, now in its 92nd issue, is an extensive record of the history and archaeology of the county. The Club presents a annual programme of lectures and organizes excursions to sites of local interest. It holds a large and valuable collection of books and journals in its library in Welshpool.

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