The name Cilmeri and Cefn-y-bedd

Cilmeri (Cilmery) Cefn-y-bedd
Brycheiniog (Breconshire), S. Powys, Cymru (Wales), Britain, Ewrop (Europe)

Cilmeri is a village in north Breconshire, the southern third of the county of Powys, near to the middle of Cymru (Wales). Brycheiniog (Breconshire), is bordered on the east by Lloegr (England) and on the other three sides by the Welsh counties of Gwent, Morgannwg (Glamorgan), Carmarthen, Ceredigion and Maesyfed (Radnor). Before 1542, this part of Cymru was an Anglo-Norman - marcher lordship and before c 1100, it had been the kingdom of Buellt (Builth) since pre-Roman times.

The name Cilmeri

For many more than 800 years the village was not known as Cilmeri, but by its correct name - Cefn-y-bedd. Only in recent years - for many since the 1950’s - has the name been changed to Cilmeri.

Like all Welsh place-nanes, Cefn-y-bedd is descriptive. Cefn) is the ridge between the valley of the river Irfon to the south, and the river Chwefru to the north. Bedd) referrs to the Bronze-age burial mound dating from approx 2500BC, on Waun Nely at the north-western side of the village. [Thus, the ridge of the grave]

The southern part of Cymru [Wales] was settled in the 5th century by many people who had arived from Munster - the mid part of Ireland. These people left evidence of their presence in certain place-names. Kil or now in Welsh ‘Cil’ is one such descriptive name. The word means a little sheltered hollow in the hills. The other part of the name is mieri - brambles. This is not the description of the present village, but is a perfect description of Cilmeri Park, the estate, which lies half a mile west of the present village and whose lands come up to the village itself. From before 1282 until living memory the village was known as Cefn-y-bedd - the ridge of the grave and for generations people have believed that this refers to the grave of Llywelyn, but it does not. The place was known by that name when Llywelyn was still alive.

Cilmeri has its own community council.