Have you ever wondered about the land on which your house stands? Who used to own it? What was the land used for? Did the field have a name? To what farm did it belong? Thanks to the Cynefin project all this can now be explored from the comfort of your own home. The project, which is now complete, has repaired and digitised around 1,200 tithe maps and they now form a wonderful online resource for the all those interested in local history and family history. (To learn more about tithe maps click here.)
Click on Places of Wales (part of the National Library of Wales website) to start your search. I typed “Rhuddlan” into “Find a place” then moved the map to the area I was interested in. The numbers indicate where there is more than one result and by zooming in these separate out. I looked at the area on which Morrison’s now stands on Marsh Road in Rhyl, and discovered that the field on which it stands was called Cae Morfa and it belonged to a farm called Penyddan Glawdd. Peter Parry farmed the arable land there, which was owned by The Right Honourable Lord Dinorbin – I was also able to view the map and apportionment.
In another example I looked at land adjacent to the Community Fire Station on the Coast Road, where Rhyl History Club meets once a month. The field name was Ffridd Fawr, part of Ty Newydd Farm, which was occupied by Hugh Hughes. The land was used for pasture. The landowner was Mrs Penelope Warren.
There is an excellent help page on the website. Maps can be viewed as “modern”, “satellite”, “historic NLS (1888-1913)” and “tithe map overlay”. Have a go – find out about the history of the land where you live. This is a fantastic, free, new resource that will have you spellbound!