Place-Names of Glamorgan

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What on earth do Blaenegel, Gwauncaegurwen and Mawdlam mean? Is Brynsadler named from someone who made saddles or someone called Sadler? Are there really ‘high lights’ in Highlight, worms at Worms Head and butter at  Brynmenyn?

Scarcely a week goes by without hearing arguments about how we should spell or say a particular name but finding answers to your questions isn’t always easy and what you find in dictionaries, local histories and websites may leave you with lingering doubts.


           The Importance of Place-Names
           Place-Names in Glamorgan
           Selection of Names
           Editorial Method
Guide to the International Phonetic Alphabet
Abbreviations and Bibliography
Glossary of Common Place-Name Elements
Online Databases and Reference Resources

A - Aberafan - Avan Vale
B - Bae Caerdydd - Byeastwood
C - Cadle - Cymer
D - Danescourt - Dynfant
E - Eaglesbush - Ewenni
F - Faenor - Furzehill
G - Gabalfa - Gyfeillion
H - Hafod - Horton
I - Ilston - Is Caeach
J - Jersey Marine
K - Kendon - The Kymin
L - Laleston - Lunnon
M - Machen - Mynydd y Gwair
N - Nantgarw - Nurston
O - Oakdale - Oystermouth
P - Palmerstone - Pyle
Q - Quakers Yard - The Quar
R - Radur - Ruthin
S - St Andrews Major - Swffryd
T - Taf - Tythegston
U - Uchelola - Upper Killay
V - Vale of Glamorgan - Virginia Park
W - Wallston - Wyndham Park
Y - Ynysawdre - Ystradfodwg

Based on many years of detailed research, Place-Names of Glamorgan investigates the historical evidence and meanings of more than 1,100 place-names in the historic county of Glamorgan, and the eight modern unitary  authorities, stretching from Rhossili to Rumney and Rhoose to Rhigos.

The illustrated volume contains a concise introduction to the subject, a bibliography, a glossary of common place-name elements, and a close examination of individual place-names and their historic forms.

Richard  Morgan is a former archivist at Glamorgan Archives and co-author of the Dictionary of the Place-Names of Wales.

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