Womanby Street, Cardiff
The name of this street is an example of how the names of Viking settlements of the 10th century and later can be recognised in place-names.
Womanby Street preserves the form of an original Hundemanby, recorded c.1280, meaning 'houndsman's homestead'. It derives from the Old Norse words hundamađr – 'houndsman, dog-keeper' – and that which survives in modern forms as -by 'homestead, farmstead' which is a useful indicator of the locations of old Scandinavian settlements in Wales and Britain as a whole.
Today Womanby Street is tucked away between bustling city-centre thoroughfares but in the period of Viking settlement it would have been a nondescript area by the river Taff, which often flooded or changed its course. A short distance north-east were the remains of the Roman fort, where the newly arrived Normans created a motte c.1090 and topped it with a stone keep c.1135.
Source (for place name information): Place-Names in Glamorgan by Professor Gwynedd Pierce, Merton Priory Press, 2002.
With thanks to Professor Gwynedd Pierce of the Welsh Place-Name Society and to the Nisa shop on the corner of Womanby Street for hosting the QR codes
Postcode: CF10 1BS