List of Standardised Welsh Place-names
The Welsh Language Commissioner's published its recommendations in June 2018 regarding the standard forms of Welsh place-names. I think it might be useful as a common source for the Slow Ways project going forward, but it is not without issues. Rather than simply post a link in the Resources page, I wanted to flag up a small caveat.
For place names in Welsh, they are obviously to be listened to very seriously. Where I struggle is their designation of the English version of some settlements.
For example - the town of Kidwelly (English). This is how the town is spelt on maps, road atlases, railway timetimes etc, etc. Until recently, this was the normal English spelling. The Welsh Language Commissioner's entry when a search is done for 'Kidwelly' produces Cydweli as both the 'Standard form' and the 'English form'.
The relevance to Slow Ways - a search on the Share tab just now produced 6 hits for Kidwelly, but none for Cydweli. The OS Map's search responds to both, but seems to work on the former being English, the latter being Welsh. Sadly for tourism, the road sign on entering the town now says only Cydweli - so anyone looking in their road map would struggle, but that's a different issue! Travel by rail would also be a problem, as the National Rail Enquiries online booking system does not recognise Cydweli.
Another example: Bala, in Gwynedd, North Wales. This is how most people would know the town, and would search for it in that form in most circumstances. Officially, the town is called Y Bala, and that is correctly given as an 'alternative settlement name' in the Find tab.
The relevance to Slow Ways - A search on Slow Ways for 'Y Bala' locates only the Aternative under the Find tab, not the numerous instances of 'Bala'.
This is not an urgent issue, but it might become an important one (once people are able to travel into Wales again).
For now, here is the link to the List - other Slow Ways volunteers might be able to identify other potential 'trip hazzards' - Kidwelly and Bala were the only two I tried!
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