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"BETTWS-LEIKE (BETTWS-LEICI), a chapelry in that part of the parish of LLANDEWY-BREVI which is in the upper division of the hundred of MOYTHEN, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES,7 miles (N. by E.) from Lampeter, containing 381 inhabitants. It is situated in the pleasant vale of the Aron and on the left bank of that river. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry of Cardigan, and diocese of St. David's, endowed with 1000 royal bounty, and in the patronage of the Perpetual Curate of Llandewy-Brevi. This chapelry separately supports its own poor: the average annual expenditure is 59.9."
[From Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]

Church History

St Lucia's Church  - photograph on  Dyfed FHS

Some church and chapel data from The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 1, South Wales. Ed. by   I.G   Jones, & D. Williams. UWP,   Cardiff, 1976. The names are those of the informants.

Parish entry for Bettws Leiki and Gartheli from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).


Lewis, J. T.  Capel Betws Leici.   Welsh Gazette, Jan. 5, 1950.

Church Records

See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page

Parish Register;
Baptisms 1813-1986 . Marriages 1837-1971. NLW/Cer.RO
Entries for CMB before 1812 in PR Llanddewibrefi. PR Marriages 1813-38 recorded in 1933 apparently lost. No burials here.

Bishops Transcripts;
1813-15, 1825-9, 1832-4, 1840-1, 1846-8, 1853-8, 1860-1, 1863-72, 1876-9, 1882, 1885-8, 1890-9, 1902, 1905-9, 1911 NLW

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

I.G.I; Baptisms 1813-15, 1825-72. Marriages 1813-15, 1825-34

Nonconformist Chapels;  None


Description and Travel

The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 1, South Wales., byJones, I.G. & Williams, D.   UWP,   Cardiff, 1976.  These statistics for this parish are extracted from this book which in turn got them from the 1851 census itself;

Places, villages, farms etc within Betws-Leucu parish  as shown on the online parish map from the CD of Historic Parishes of England and Wales: an Electronic Map of Boundaries before 1850 with a Gazetteer and Metadata [computer file]. (Kain, R.J.P., Oliver, R.R.). (Extracted by Gareth Hicks)

Kelly's Directory South Wales 1910


Lewis, J. T.   Betws Leici.   Welsh Gazette, Dec. 29, 1949

Land and Property

Documents held at the NLW :
Cardiganshire Rentals ;
19-20. Lordship of Anhuniog, 1925 (Betws Leucu, Cilcennin, Ciliau Aeron, Henfynyw, Llanfair Clydogau).


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


Here is an extract from The Reports of the Commissioners appointed to enquire into the state of Education in Wales. 1847


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