"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]
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
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