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"BETTWS, in the Cwmwd of Tir yr Hwndrwd, Cantref of Cron Nedd (now called the Hundred of Newcastle), County of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a Curacy, not in charge, with the Vicarage of Newcastle, of the certified value of £37: Patron, The Crown; but it generally goes by the recommendation of the Member of the County: Church dedicated to St. David. The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, (consisting of the Higher and Lower Hamlets) was 306. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was £180..19..10, at 4s. in the Pound. It is 5 m. N. from Bridgend. This Parish contains 1000 Acres of inclosed Land. It is endowed with the great Tythes."    From: A Topographical Dictionary of The Dominion of Wales by Nicholas Carlisle, London, 1811.


Here is a substantial reading list of books which relate to Glamorgan, either county or parish.

A contents list of the book The History of the Llynfi Valley has been provided by Daniel Verkys.

An index of the book Ogmore, Llynfi & Garw Valleys in Old Photographs has been provided by Huw Daniel

An index to Ogmore Valley Colliery Fatalities (1867-1914), has been provided by Huw Daniel.


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Bettws area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

Chapels Database  - a  list of all known non-conformist chapels or other non-Anglican religions in the parish

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of the parish church

Church Records

For full and up-to-date details of their holdings see the sites of Glamorgan Record Office and/or West Glamorgan Archives

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg

The parish church is dedicated to St. David, is in the Benefice of St. Brides Minor with Bettws, and diocese of Llandaff. Details of the present incumbent of this benefice can be found at the Church in Wales website. The church can be found at grid reference SS899867.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1725-1939 1722-1725, 1754-1963 1723-1950 - 1721-45, 1747-1821, 1823-37


Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

  • Bettws Ecclesiastical Parish records "Bettws Ecclesiastical Parish records including registers of baptisms, 1722-1939; marriages, 1722-1963; burials, 1723-1950; banns, 1823-1908; services, 1878-1920; terriers, 1771-1906; civil and miscellaneous records, 1846-1926; churchwardens records, 1832-1940; parochial church council and easter vestry, 1921-1941; church organ isations, 1934-1937; charities, 1887-1939"

Modern Parishes & Chapels of Ease :-

The following Religious Institutions are covered in the Mormon International Genealogical Index (IGI) :-

  • Bettws, St. David - Marriages, 1814-1837; Christenings (BT's), 1813-1876


Non Conformist Registers Deposits
Chapel Baptisms Marriages Burials OS Map Ref Deposited
Sardis Baptist 1890 - 1890 SS 89948691 GRO
Congregational 1785-9 - - SS 90098625 PRO

GRO - Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
PRO - Public Record Office, London

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Bettws which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Bettws  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)

  • Betws (63); Afon Garw; Bettws (village); Braich-y-cymmer; Brithdir; Bryngarw; Cefn-y-gelli; Celfydd Ifan; City; Coal Level(2); Coal Pits; Colliery; Coytrahen Ho.; Craig Walter; Craig-yr-hudol; Craig yr Hudol; Cwm ..?; Cwm Gwin?; Cwmdu Bach; Cwm Garw; Cwm Garw Fechan; Cynhordy; Darren Fawr; Foel Gwilym Hywel; GWR; Gwernllwyn; Lletty Brongu; Llynfi Valley; Moel Cynhordy; Moelgiliau; Mynydd Moelgilau; Nant-mwth; Plas-y-Bettws; Pont-y-Cymmer; Rhil ?; Shwt; Tor-y-fron; Ty-isaf; Tyle-coch; Ty'n-y-waun; Waun Tynewydd

Description of the parish from A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1833) by Samuel Lewis.

The Garw Valley  Photographs and recollections etc

Bettws - on wikipedia


Transcript of complete name listing for Maesteg, with the parishes and villages of Cwmdu, Baidan, Bettws, Llangeinor, Llangynwyd, Nantyfyllon and Spelter, from Slaters Directory for 1880.

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Bettws has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

Some of the hamlets, towns and villages within this parish

  • Braichycymer
  • City
  • Coytrahen (See Llangynwyd)
  • Lletty Brongu


This diagram shows the position of this parish within the county of Glamorgan - click on this to see a full size diagram of the county

Glamorgan Parish Map
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SS899866 (Lat/Lon: 51.567445, -3.589954), Bettws which are provided by:


Llest Colliery, Garw Valley (Pontyrhyl)  on the Welsh Coal Mines site


The Population of Bettws was as follows, and a more detailed breakdown is available.

1841 - 438 1851 - 421 1861 - 371 1871 - 404 1881 - 1,025 1891 - 1,529

Public Records

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

  • Ogmore and Garw Urban District Council records  1903-1975     "Ogmore and Garw Urban District Council (Glamorgan) was formed in 1894........It took over the functions of Ogmore and Garw Local Board of Health. The Council's area of responsibility was the parishes of Bettws, Llandyfodwg and Llangeinor, ................................."


Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

  • Bettws School Board records     " .......... comprising minute books, 1883-1903; cash book, 1899-1903"  
  • Mid Glamorgan Division Elementary/Primary schools records    " .... including log books and admission registers relating to ....... Bettws National school, 1901-1922; ..... Braichycymer (Bettws Pontycymer) school, 1903-1963...."