"GARTHBEIBIO, a parish in the hundred of Mathrafel, county Montgomery, North Wales, 11 miles S.W. of Llanfyllin, and 11 W. of Welshpool, its post town. The river Banes flows through the parish. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of St. Asaph, value £140, in the patronage of the bishop. The church is dedicated to St. Tydecho. The charities yield about £3 per annum."
"CRANE, a township in the parish of Garthbeibio, in the county of Montgomery, 7 miles N.W. of Llanfair."
[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]
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GARTH-BEIBIO, a parish in the upper division of the hundred of MATHRAVAL, county of MONTGOMERY, NORTH WALES, on the road from Welshpool to Machynlleth, Dolgelley, &c., 9 miles (N. W. by W.) from Llanvair, containing 342 inhabitants. This place derives its name from Garth, a ness, or promontory, and Peibio, the name of some chieftain, of whom nothing is known. The parish contains about one thousand six hundred acres of land enclosed and under cultivation, and nine hundred acres unenclosed : it is situated between the rivers Twrch and Banwy, which unite just below the church : peat is procured within its limits. The living is a discharged rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of St. Asaph, rated in the king's books at £6. 1. 8., endowed with £200 royal bounty, and in the patronage of the Bishop of St. Asaph. The church is an ancient structure, dedicated to St. Tydecho. Near it is St. Tydecho's well, constructed for a cold bath, the water being considered efficacious in rheumatic and other disorders : formerly every one who bathed in the well, or drank the water, dropped a pin into it, and it was deemed sacrilege to take any of them out. Divers bequests have been made for the benefit of the poor, but they are of very small amount. There are several cairns in the parish. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor amounts to £ 91. 12.
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