Project gives a glimpse of life in 1840s Wales

Communities in the Hiraethog area of Denbighshire are busily researching the history of their villages as part of the Cynefin project. The pan Wales Cynefin project is digitising the tithe maps of Wales, which depict Wales as it was in the 1840s just as the railways were spreading across the country and when towns such as Penmaenmawr didn’t exist. The tithe maps which have been digitised to date can be viewed on the website, where you the public can take part in transcribing the documents.

Samantha Jones, Cynefin’s Project Officer said; “The project provides an opportunity for local communities to learn more about where they live at the time the tithe maps were created by using their local archives. Archives are a wonderful resource of original material that helps us to understand more about what it was like to live in places like Llansannan in the mid-1800s.”

People from the villages of Bro Hiraethog are looking at the lives and homes of the higher classes and the common people. Through using websites such as Find my past and Ancestry which can be freely accessed at local archives and libraries, they have been able to find out who lived at certain houses throughout the decades from 1841 to 1911.

Speculum Gregis

As part of the project they have also studied original documents found in the local archives. One such document is Speculum Gregis written by R H Jackson who was once the curate of Llansannan. The book is a snap shot of the village in 1850 and contains information such as all the vicars of the parish and the numbers of people attending the church. It also has a colourful map of the village centre along with the names of the people living in the houses, their ages and occupations.



A couple of events will be takingplace in Llansannan throughout October which will give members of the public the chance to contribute.

Visit an open evening at Ysgol Bro Aled on 13th October at 7pm, where Llansannan’s original tithe map will be exhibited. It is an opportunity to share information about the buildings and place names of Llansannan, as well as memories of the village.

There will also be a leisurely walk through the village to explore the old buildings of Llansannan on Saturday 31st October at 11am starting at the square next to the car park.

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