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BEDDGELERT

"BEDDGELERT, (or Bethgelert), a parish in the hundreds of Evionydd and Isgorvai, in the county of Carnarvon, and of Ardudwy, in the county of Merioneth, North Wales, 6 miles to the S. of Snowdon, and 14 miles to the S.E. of Carnarvon, its post town. It lies in the centre of a mountainous district, rich in the grandest and most diversified scenery, embracing mountains, waters, woods, and cultivated valleys. Snowdon itself is partly within this parish, besides several other principal mountains of the great range. The village, a small number of scattered dwellings, is seated at the confluence of the rivers Claslyn and Colwyn, at the foot of the mountain Moel Hebog, which rises to the height of about 2,580 feet. It is one of the favourite starting points for the numerous tourists who visit North Wales, and for whose reception and comfort there is a good hotel." [From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson 2003]

Bibliography

A guide to Beddgelert and Snowdon : with the rambles and mountain ascents of the vicinity. Manchester : Abel Heywood and Son, 1903. 28p

A short account of Carnarvon and Bedd-kill-hart; or Beddgelart &c. Caernarvon : Printed by T. Roberts, 1806. 70p

Baddeley, Mountford J B. North Wales (part 1) : Chester, Rhyl, Llandudno, Bangor, Llanrwst, Bettws-y-Coed, Carnarvon, Llanberis, Beddgelert, and Ffestiniog ...London : Dulau, 1884. 218p

Bott, Alan & Margaret Dunn. Priory and Parish Church of St Mary, Beddgelert. Gwales, 2004

Bransby, James H. A descriptive and historical sketch of Beddgelert and its neighborhood. London, T.M. Cradock, 1840. With: 'An account of the disasterous wreck of the Newry ...' (1838)

Griffith, Margaret. Beddgelert : three heritage walks. Beddgelert : Coastline Publications, 1997. 27p

Heywood, John. John Heywood's illustrated guide to Snowdon, Llanberis, and Beddgelert. Manchester : John Heywood, [betwen 1893 and 1919] 32p

Jones, William B. Plwyf Beddgelert : ei hynafiaethau a'i gofiannau. Tremadog : Argraffwyd yn Swyddfa'r Brython, gan Robert Isaac Jones, 1862. 74p

Kendell, Hilary. Walks from the villages of Snowdonia : Beddgelert, Betws-y-Coed, Capel Curig, Dolwyddelan, Llanberis, Llanrwst, Trefriw. [Betws y Coed] : [Hilary Books], 1999. 113p

List of names of those protesting against the scheme for an Electric Railway from Bettws y Coed to Beddgelert, which has been submitted to the Board of trade by the Light Railway Commission. Oxford : Horace Hart Printed to the University, [18--?] 40p

Owen, R Idloes. An ancient priory : St. Mary's priory, Beddgelert . Country Quest (December 1995), p. 48

Pierce, Anita. Beddgelert. Caernarfon : Beddgelert : Cyngor Sir Gwynedd ; Cymdeithas Hanes Beddgelert, 1996. 47p

Prichard, Griffith. Coffadwriaeth am Mari Jones, o Ddrws y Coed, Beddgelert yr hon a fu farw Ionawr 22ain, 1826. Carnarfon : Argraffwyd gan L. E. Jones, 1826. 12p

Business and Commerce Records

Castell Slate Quarry, Plasgwynant, Beddgelert, Papers - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
"Castell Slate Quarry, Plasgwynant, Beddgelert, dates from the 18th century or earlier. In 1862, the quarry was part of the Vawdrey family estate in Caernarfonshire....."

Church History

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of St Mary's Church

Bethgelert Church - on the Madog.org site

Rees, Thomas & John Thomas. Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). Here is the entry from this book for Beddgelert  chapel (in Welsh ) - with translation by Eleri Rowlands (June 2009) 

Church and chapel data from The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 11, North Wales. Ed. by Ieuan Gwynedd Jones, UWP, 1981. The names given towards the end of each entry are those of the informants.

Beddgelert Parish consisting of Beddgelert and the hamlet of Nantmor
Statistics;
Beddgelert - Area 20,608 acres; Population 487 males, 460 females, total 947
Nantmor - Area 6108 acres; Population 152 males, 154 females, total 306

Church Records

Joyce Hinde has supplied a list of Parish Registers held at the Caernarfon Area Record Office

Capel Beddgelert, cofysgrifau (records) 1873-1998 - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
"Codwyd y Capel cyntaf ym Meddgelert ym 1794. Capel bychan iawn ydoedd heb unrhyw eisteddleoedd a thy bychan ynghlwm iddo. Atgyweiriwyd yr adeilad ym 1826, cyn gwario 1100 arno ym 1858, gan wneud lle i 400 o bobl. Adeiladwyd ty i'r gweinidog ym 1898. Roedd 196 o aelodau yng nghapel Beddgelert ym 1900. Roedd yr achos mor boblogaidd ym Meddgelert nes bu'n rhaid sefydlu tri chapel arall yn yr ardal, sef Bethania yn 1822, Rhyd-ddu yn 1825 a Peniel ym 1833. Roedd y Capel ar gau adeg llunio'r disgrifiad hwn."

Description and Travel

Welcome to Beddgelert - the Beddgelert tourism site

Beddgelert - on the anglesey.info site

Beddgelert - on wicipedia (Welsh)

Beddgelert in Snowdonia - on the Snowdonia.org site

Data-Wales - The Story of Beddgelert

Beddgelert on the North Wales Tourism site
"Beddgelert is also the home of Sygun Copper Mine ......................"

Beddgelert - on wikimedia  commons site

Gazetteers

Genealogy

David Pritchard Papers - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
"Papers of David Pritchard, 1847-1948, including notes and essays by him relating to the Beddgelert area, 1880-1932..."

History

Diary of a boy (William Searell) from Beddgelert, 1844 - on the People's Collection Wales site
"William's father was the manager of a slate quarry at Cwmorthin, which was in the mountains near Blaenau Festiniog, but the family lived in Beddgelert, several miles away..."

Land and Property

Gelli'r Ynn, Beddgelert, papurau (papers) - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
"The house of Gelli'r Ynn is in Nantmor, a hamlet in Beddgelert ......."

Maps

View maps covering the area of this parish and places within its boundaries

Gwynedd Family History Society  have a diagram of the ecclesiastical parishes of Caernarfonshire (under Publications)  - with some links to photographs of parish churches

Public Records

Beddgelert Vestry and Rate Books  1813-1878 - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
"The parish of Beddgelert .... was a civil as well as an ecclesiastical administrative unit......which continued until late nineteenth century reforms in local government...."

 


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