Betws Cedewain

"BETTWS, a parish in the upper division of the hundred of NEWTOWN, County of MONTGOMERY, NORTH WALES, 4 miles (N. by E.) from Newtown, containing 890 inhabitants. This place is pleasantly situated on the small river Bechan, which falls into the Severn at Aber-Bechan. The western branch of the Montgomeryshire canal to Newtown passes through the eastern part of the parish, which is also intersected by the turnpike road from that town to Welshpool; another road from Berriew to Llanwnnog passes through the village. The parish contains about six thousand acres of land, all enclosed, the commons having been divided pursuant to an act for enclosing the waste lands within the manors of Cedewain, Hopeton, and Gorddwr Uchav, obtained in 1796. ..." [A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis, 1833]



Herbert, C      A Blayney Deed; Conveyance of land in Bettws parish ...............1583    Collections historical & archaeological relating to Montgomeryshire   Vol 33  1904   Welsh Journals Online


Victorian Powys for schools site- Census figures for Betws Cedewain parish 1841-1901


Church History

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.

Parish statistics; Area 5305 acres; Population 386 males, 367 females, total 753

  • Bettws Parish Church           Attendance - morning 100/200 +54 scholars, afternoon 25/40 + 50 scholars   Services in Welsh                      R Dawkins, Vicar
  • Wesleyan, Bettws Village                 Private house                      Attendance - average 30               William Davies, Class Leader
  • Bettws Chapel, Calvinistic Methodist                 Erected 1822             Attendance - evening 74 + 35 scholars                  Richard Gittins, David Tibbot, Deacons
  • New Well Chapel, Baptist                Erected 1839                Attendance - morning 60 scholars, afternoon 135, evening 59        John Thomas, Minister

See John Ball's site Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection for a photograph/data re St Beuno's Church

    Church of St Beuno, Betws Cedewain on the Montgomeryshire Churches Survey site

    Baptist churches on the Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society site - New Wells


    Church Records

    Detailed information on deposited registers and transcripts for this parish is given on the Powys Archives page Montgomeryshire parish registers

    As a guide only, the principal extant parochial church records for this parish span the dates shown below (as detailed in Parish Registers of Wales, NLW 2000) but exact current holdings should be confirmed with the individual Archives;

    • Baptisms 1661-1956; Marriages 1662-1984; Burials 1662 -1983; Banns 1809-1993
      Parish Registers, or copies, for all or part of these dates are held at the NLW, and/or Powys Archives.  
      Bishops Transcripts for various periods are held at the NLW, Denbigh Archives and/or Flintshire Archives  

    St Asaph Notitiae; Deanery of Cedewain, Betws Cedewain parish - on the NLW site


    Description and Travel

    Aerial photograph of Betws Cedewain, 1996 - on the People's Collection Wales site

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    Historical Geography

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    Public Records

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

    • Betws Cedewain Parish and Community Council Records  1894-1983