The Cynefin project is almost complete, but there are still a few gaps left and plenty of checking to do. Over 1,200 tithe maps and 28,000 pages of index documents have been transcribed and georeferenced. This crowdsourcing website will continue until the end of June at which point all the data will be available through a new online resource. The georeferencing of maps will finish sooner, by the end of May, because processing time is needed to produce the final merged tithe map of Wales. Thanks to all the volunteers who have helped us, and please continue with the checking and tidying up work which will ensure this is a fantastic resource for everybody to use.
Tithes were payments charged on land users. Originally, payments were made using commodities like crops, wool, milk and stock. Tithe maps were produced between 1838 and 1850 to ensure that all tithes were paid with money rather than produce.
These are the most detailed maps of their period and they cover more than 95% of Wales. The index documents for each map list the payable tithes, the names of the landowners and land occupiers, the land use, and in most cases (75%) the field names.
All the volunteering work for the Cynefin project can be done through this crowdsourcing website, and can be done at a time and place which suits you. There is no commitment required in terms of volunteering hours – every contribution is appreciated.
Your volunteering work will allow us to connect people and information about the land to specific places on the maps.The online volunteering tasks include transcribing, geo-referencing, and clipping.
Visit our events page for a full list of all our volunteering workshops across Wales. Come join us!
Contact us by e-mail, phone or post – we look forward to hearing from you!
- 01970 632 416
- Cynefin project, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3BU