Mapping Error Could Mean That Wales Owes England 1.8M Square Feet Of Land

A bit of a shocking claim from a mountain surveyor suggests that Wales owes England some land as the border between the two British countries has been marked wrongly for over a century.

According to a report in The Times (h/t Sky News), Mrddyn Phillips is insisting that England should be given more land because he has worked out that the line separating the countries has been improperly traced on Ordnance Survey maps which date back to 1887.

The border currently follows the natural watershed from the top of Twyn Llech but Phillips is claiming that, based on a remeasuring undertaken by himself and fellow surveyor Mark Trengrove, Wales owes England around 1.8 million square feet of turf.

The pair of surveyors remeasured the top of the 2,308 ft peak and discovered that it was further into Wales than originally thought. The peak of Twyn Llech was placed 39 feet into Powys and the surveyors are now claiming that the border should be placed in line with the new watershed they have calculated.

via Sky News


Because the ridge stretches for nine miles, England, in theory, is due 1.8 million square feet back from Wales.

"The simple fact of the matter is that no one had ever surveyed this hill for where its summit is positioned prior to our visit, therefore the border placement on [Ordnance Survey's] MasterMap - although very close to the summit - is still 12m from it," Phillip said.

Ordnance Survey, though, has rubbished Phillips' claims, denying that the border was marked incorrectly.

"We have checked the boundary information on our large scale product (OS MasterMap) and can confirm that the boundary is accurate'" a spokesman said.

"We are not aware of any concerns from either Powys or Monmouthshire County Councils who both use boundary line information."

Whether or not this is true is up for debate. But we don't imagine anything changing based on this as England's powers that be are unlikely to care that much about land that may or may not be theirs.

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