This week I was reading Chris Paton’s blog: The GENES Blog and it neatly drew my attention to a great resource for those researching their Welsh ancestors (http://britishgenes.blogspot.com/2017/05/historic-welsh-boundary-maps-go-online.html ).
It seems that The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (https://rcahmw.gov.uk) has created two digital geospatial layered maps using late-medieval sources and historic parish boundaries to recreate the boundaries of the commotes (cymydau) and cantrefs (cantrefi) of medieval Wales.
They go on to say that ‘future developments will examine how these boundaries have changed over time and map them in further detail.’
What is great is that it is a free resource that they have made available to the public as an aid to encouraging research.
To view the maps visit https://rcahmw.gov.uk/mapping-the-historic-boundaries-of-wales-commotes-and-cantrefs/.
Earlier this month The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales also recently launched the The List of Historic Place Names of Wales. This is, as they say ‘a ground-breaking website that provides a fascinating insight into the land use, archaeology and history of Wales. Over 300,000 place names are included in the List, reflecting the various forms and spellings used historically, and revealing the often forgotten or overlooked legacies of buildings, people, archaeological or topographical features in our landscapes.’
For more on this visit https://rcahmw.gov.uk/list-of-historic-place-names-now-live/.