Gate of the Bones (or not)

There are very few street names in Dinas but this straggling village divides into smaller hamlets whose names form part of our addresses. Tegfan is situated in Iet-yr-Esgyrn or ‘Gate of the Bones’. Very satisfactory.


It’s a dead-end quiet corner not far from the old Ramah burial ground and the graveyard of St Brynach’s Church. I love the place and I’ve always thought the name suited. It certainly dates back to 1889 when it appears on an Ordnance Survey map.

1889 MAP IET-YR-ESGYRN2However, in 1992 B G Charles published his monumental labour of love, a massive two-volume seminal study, which represents the work of a life-time. Unfortunately ‘The Place-names of Pembrokeshire’ casts some doubt on the original naming of our little part of Dinas, relegating our splendid ‘Gate of the Bones’ to a rather mundane ‘Gate to the Ridge’, by losing the final ‘n’.

Yetyresgyrn 002-2

I see no Ridge, however, and shall stick with Bones.

(I am very grateful to Reg Davies for drawing my attention to this entry in ‘The Place-names of Pembrokeshire’ by B G Charles – published by the National Library of Wales 1992.)

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