[Spellyans] Disappearance of Cornish placenames from OS maps

Craig Weatherhill craig at agantavas.org
Tue Jan 29 18:08:24 GMT 2013

Or my "A Concise Dictionary of Cornish Place-Names", published by Michael.  3,000+ names in there including rivers, hills, headlands, etc.


On 2013 Gen 29, at 17:02, Steven Whitehouse wrote:

> On Tue, 2013-01-29 at 16:16 +0000, Ken MacKinnon wrote:
>> A gowetha-oll,
> [snip]
>> A few years ago a map was produced on Spellyans with place names in
>> Cornish.   The cartography was of a good standard for its scale.
>> There is a case to carry the process a stage or two further.   There
>> would be a good level of demand for such a map, and now an increasing
>> number of uses.   It would be a useful tool In the process of
>> re-Cornicising Cornwall’s place-names, and of establishing an
>> authoritative and readily-available source of place-names based upon
>> sound historical, linguistic and toponymic research.   A map at
>> 1:250,000 scale (the old ‘quarter-inch’ to the mile) would enable a
>> fulsome level of detail, without being too unwieldy as to size.  It
>> would have the further virtue that its selection of place-names would
>> be of similar scope to that of Oliver Padel’s ‘A Popular Dictionary of
>> Cornish Place-Names’ (1988), in which he chose to feature the names on
>> the OS 1:25,000 scale map of Cornwall, some 1,000 or so in total. (It
>> thus omits Landewednack itself but includes Church Cove, as dating
>> from 1888 and being named from ‘Landewednack church above it’, i.e. as
>> a coastal figure and not as a settlement name.)   A further resource
>> for mapping is the Institute’s Survey of Cornish Place-names.
> I wonder if OpenStreetMap http://www.openstreetmap.org/ would be a good
> place to build such a map.... there are facilities to mark a place with
> multiple names tagged according to language. I did a bit of mapping
> around Penwith a few years ago for OSM, unfortunately I've not been back
> since to extend it,
> Steve.
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