Welsh place names tell a story

Take Merthyr Tydfil for example - around 480AD Tudful, a daughter of King Brychan of Brycheiniog was martyred during a pagan raid. The place she was killed was subsequently named Merthyr Tydfil in her honour. On the other hand, Hirwaun - Long Heath or Meadow - tells you about the landscape and geography.

For many reasons, traditional place names are being lost. Perhaps the growth in social media and online platforms for tracking outdoor activities is adding to this trend and presenting further risk to traditional and Welsh place names.

In an effort to understand this further, the Cultural Place Names and Landscapes project aims to identify place names and landscapes of significance to residents, businesses and visitors of Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Councils.

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LEADER Local Development Fund
Merthyr Tydfil


Harri Evans
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