Cynefin Continues

The Cynefin project is officially completed, and all the contributed data can be seen on the National Library of Wales’ new website
However, this website will be kept alive until September, and we will be very grateful for any additional checking and tidying work you can do. We will transfer corrections to in September, including a revised version of the unified tithe map.

A huge thanks to all the volunteers who have helped us produce this great resource.


What are Tithe Maps?

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.


Volunteering Online

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

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