Hi, a more educational grown up blog today!! Some interesting things I learned about the area I now live in from my second week at the Language Centre.
Maenclochog means 'ringing stones' (maen = standing stone + cloch = bell + og = fast\sharp). It is thought the name refers to a large stone, several tons in weight, nicely poised upon three small upright stones. It vibrated with the slightest touch, and when struck it sounded like a bell: this curiosity was destroyed by some of the inhabitants, who thought they might find some hidden treasure underneath it. They blew it up with gunpowder. Some rocks on the Preseli hills do have curious resonant properties. Was it this characteristic that made the bluestones special, explaining why some were believed to have been taken to Stonehenge?
All villages with Llan at the beginning and there are a few, is because llan means church. So for example Llan-y-cefn: llan = church\parish + y = the + cefn = ridge\back. Another little common one, cwm = hollow\deep valley, so for example Cwm Gwaun: cwm = valley + gwaun = moor\low-lying marshy ground\meadow.