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Wales Categorisation Explanation Part 2 - Historic Buildings

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Historic Buildings

  • So let's start in the same way. If you remember you can click on the bold underlined link, or you can right click and open in a new tab. So right click on Wales and open in a new tab.
  • About 4th down in the Wales Subcategories you will find [Category: Wales, Historic Buildings Wales, Historic Buildings] when you open that you will the next level in the tree, giving different types of Buildings as well as some structures which as yet are uncategorised like the Pillar of Eliseg. If you have a look at this you will see the CIB very much like the one for Locations. Wikipedia and the Wikidata Qcode; the British Listed Building Grade, managed in Wales by CADW[1]; and the link to a Map. There is also a Person Profile of Cyngen ap Cadell
  • Back to Wales, Buildings. The first three each have 13 Subcategories for the 13 Counties. The one for Monastic Houses is not yet broken down to Counties because only a few have been categorised so far.
  • We will start with the first, Castles, which also happens to be the "easiest"


  • Not all castles have been categorised yet, and, as a general guideline, if there are no ruins and there is no likelihood of there being any Person Profiles to link there, we haven't bothered to classify it.
  • As before, we will use the first one, Anglesey Castles as an example. So right click on that to open up in a new tab. Of the Castles that you see, open Beaumaris Castle
  • Here you will see the CIB for Beaumaris castle with a little tiny picture in the top. This can be clicked on to enlarge. Next thing is Wikipedia and the Wikidata Qcode, and the next is something new, a link to the Castles of Wales website. We have sought and gained permission from this site to include this link
  • The link to the CADW[2] site is added; these are generally Grade I listed buildings

Churches and Chapels

  • Here it gets a bit more complicated because Wikitree have developed a Top Level Grouping entitled Congregations. Many of the Welsh Churches and Chapels have no Congregations!! Indeed, some have been decommissioned. However, they have fascinating memorials and graveyards. Mosques, synagogues, and Hindu temples would also be classed in Religious Congregations
  • Again we are going to go to Amlwch again. Open it with a right click to open a New Tab.
  • We can see a list of churches, chapels, cemeteries. We will open Amlwch English Methodist Church. The CIB looks almost identical. However, if we look at St Eleth's the CIB looks considerably more complex. There is a little picture; a line for the Cemetery, which we will come to next, and if the Building is listed, as St Eleth's, there will be a line for this.
  • Look at the little note underneath, Baptisms and Marriages can be categorised in the church, but the burials should be categorised in the Cemetery, which is where we go next.


  • We shouldn't need to go all the way back now, so we will start with Anglesey Cemeteries and from there look for St Eleth Churchyard. Here you will see that in the CIB there are links to FindAGrave and Billiongraves. If there are war graves we will add a link to the Commonwealth Grave Commission (CWGC). This you can see in St Gallo's Churchyard in Llanallgo.
  • As with Churches, if there is a Spacepage that is relevant to that Cemetery, it will be added into the Cemetery CIB. You can see this with the St Michael's Churchyard in Abergele for the Abergele Rail Disaster
  • The rest of this gets more and more complicated. Please only read on if you are really interested and would like to start creating Cemetery CIBs yourself. If you are you should be thinking of joining us in the Wales Category Group and going on to the final Part 3 Advanced
  • The structure of the CIB for Cemeteries is under the auspices of the Cemeterist Project in Wikitree. They demand that the Cemetery is categorised under the current Administrative County. This is counter to the Wales Project Location management. After some extremely hard negotiations, eventually the Project Leader Steve Harris recognised our point-of-view and put forward a solution where the Wales Project put both the historic county and today's administrative district into the CIB.
  • This means that at the top of the page you will see links to the "Isle of Anglesey", the current administrative name.
  • This gets even more complicated with Counties like Monmouthshire, where the current boundaries of Monmouthshire are different from the historic county, as with many other places. And although Powys has been called the same since 1974, the boundary has changed!
  • Yes this complicated, and therefore the Wales Project Categories Group are slowly working their way through the Cemeteries of Wales using the FindaGrave and Billiongraves indexes.


  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadw
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadw

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