From our castles, forts, dykes, roads, and cromlechs that are steeped in history through to our caves, lakes, woods, hills, and mountains that are infused in Myth and legend, Wales is a country rich in historic places.
Much of these places are currently protected by the likes of CADW and the National Trust, however there are some that slip through the cracks and end up in dilapidated conditions, overgrown or in some cases knocked down or incorporated into new developments.
CPRW will take up the cause of historic places that are threatened by insensitive and inappropriate developments and will continue to work with both CADW and National Trust to ensure our historic places are protected for future generations.
CPRW welcomed the recent decision by the Snowdonia National Park Authority to revert to the names Yr Wyddfa for Snowdon and Eryri for Snowdonia. The use of the original Welsh name for a place grounds it to the people. Descriptive, thought-evoking, poetic, and full of hwyl!
The Welsh language is a language of landscapes – the places, people, history, land-use and natural features are what gives it detail, substance, meaning, and context. Without a landscape, without some kind of continuity, the language itself is at grave risk of coming adrift of its moorings – the rocks and slopes, the river bends, the buildings that form its ancient fabric, the elements that are permanent enough to warrant a name.
CPRW believes that we need to protect and promote historic place names, where appropriate reverting to the Welsh name, if there was one originally, and also reserving, and restoring names that recognise significant events throughout our shared history on the British Isles.