Dearnley's carving will reflect the area's rich nautical history and its historical status as a medieval coastal commote
in the old Ceredigion kingdom.
of Mawddwy was once considered the most lawless place in Wales.
An Inventory of the Ancient Monuments in Caernarvonshire, volume I: east, the cantref of Arllechwedd and the commote of Creuddyn.
An Inventory of the Ancient Monuments in Caernarvonshire, volume II: central, the cantref of Arfon and the commote of Eifionydd.
So it is in the commote
of Kibworth, but not of the Court of it.
In east Caernarfonshire in 1394, on the other hand, consent was given by each commote
separately, and in 1390s Gower, the meeting where consent was given was called, significantly a "parliamentum", mirroring the function of the general, English parliament.
The medieval divisions of the peninsula consisted, on the eastern side, of part of the cantref of Arfon and of the commote
of Eifionydd, and, on the western side, of the cantref of Llyn comprising the commotes
of Dinllaen, Cymydmaen and Cafflogion - names that survived as those of post-Acts of Union hundreds.
Before the Edwardian conquest of 1282-83, each commote
in Wales had its own llys - a centre of local administration, justice and tax collection run by officials.
Domen Las motte was probably the administrative centre of the commote
Lord of Glyndyfrdwy, Cynllaith Owain and half of the commote
of Is Coed Uwch Hirwern, near Cardigan, Owain was one of the few remaining native Welsh aristocrats, being heir to the dynasties of both Powys Fadog and Deheubarth.