For those of you who missed James' interview on Radio Cymru this week, or if you fancy hearing it again, here's the link below to listen again:

The talk lasts from 40:50 to 57:05, and includes a discussion of the current state of place names in Wales, of the process which led to the creation of the List, and the sources which were used to compile it. If you haven't yet had the opportunity to attend one of the talks James has been giving across Wales, this will provide a good introduction to the history and contents of the List. 

A brief note for those of you who are learning Welsh - both James and Dei speak fairly slowly throughout the interview, so don't be afraid to listen in. Enjoy!

James will be interviewed by Dei Tomos at 6 o'clock on Radio Cymru, Tuesday 30th January, about the List. Listen in for an interesting discussion about some of the names and sources which appear in the List.

Happy New Year to you all! It’s possible that you’ve already noticed that a few things have changed on the website and the List since Christmas. As well as adding  roughly seven hundred more names from the Parochialia, we’ve also added more options to the search engine. It’s now possible to search by more sources than just Cymru 1900 and Cynefin, as was previously the case, by going to Advanced Search and choosing the source you want to use from the list.

As the year goes on we’ll also be adding sound files to the glossary, to help non-Welsh speakers with pronouncing the names, and a group of student volunteers from the Department of Welsh at Aberystwyth University will be checking all of the names to get rid of any mis-spellings or mis-transcriptions. Needless to say that we’ll be continuing to add more new names to the List throughout this process!

As part of our continuing work with the Parochialia the names of the following parishes have been added to the List: Llanddoged, Caerhun, Eglwysbach, Llansanffraid Dyffryn Conwy, Llanelian, Llysfaen, Llanddulas, Abergele, Betws yn Rhos, St. George, St. Asaph, Rhuddlan, Dyserth, Meliden, Llanasa, Trelawnyd, Gwaenysgor and Cwm. This means that 932 place names from the Parochialia are now live on the website, and there are many more to come!

We’ve begun the (huge) work of transcribing and uploading the material pertaining to place names from Edward Lhuyd’s Parochialia. Whilst he was keeper of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, Lhuyd sent questionnaires to every parish in Wales asking for all sorts of different types of interesting information, including the names of houses, rivers, mountains, woods and so on. He didn’t recieve an anwer from everybody, and we know that he received some responses which haven’t survived, but those which remain are a treasure house of historical and lost forms.

So far, data from four parishes has been uploaded, Llanelltud, Tal y Bont, Ysbyty Ifan and Llanrwst. Although this only represents four comparatively small areas, such is the richness of the data that over two hundred and fifty names have been collected already. Some correspondents wrote to Lhuyd including information about the owners of the houses, or about artifacts found in the fields, and as a result the data is useful to historians and genealogists, as well as to place name enthusiasts. We hope to be able to upload more parishes soon, so watch this space!