Protecting the Place Names of Wales

27-30 September 2017: GŴYL Y CYNHAEAF, CARDIGAN

An amazing map of the river Teifi was the inspiration for this year’s Gŵyl y Cynhaeaf in Cardigan.

A native of the town, Idris Mathias, and his wife Beryl have recorded over one thousand five hundred names associated with the river and its environs on a colourful map which was displayed in the Corn Exchange in Cardigan during the week of the festival. It took seventeen years for Idris and Beryl to complete the map which is over fifty feet long. Idris began work on the map after returning from the Second World War. This was the first time that it had been displayed in the town.

Beryl and Idris Mathias, creators of the map.


Idris was not well enough to come to the Corn Exchange for Clonc yr Ŵyl but the rest of the Mathias family were out in force to hear David Thorne discussing the important role of minor names in place-name studies.