Thursday, 18 May 2017

Historic Welsh boundary maps go online

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales ( has uploaded two digital maps that it has created, using late-medieval sources and historic parish boundaries, to show the boundaries of the commotes (cymydau) and cantrefs (cantrefi) of medieval Wales.

The commission notes that "future developments will examine how these boundaries have changed over time and map them in further detail. These digital resources will be made freely available to the public as an aid to encouraging research."

To view the maps visit

The Commission has also recently launched the The List of Historic Place Names of Wales, "a groundbreaking website that provides a fascinating insight into the landuse, 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."
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