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 given towards the end of each entry are those of the informants. Check with Gwent RO to see what extant records are held, and possible names of chapels/churches built after 1851.
Bedwas parish consisting of the hamlets of Lower Bedwas & Upper Bedwas. Also Van hamlet (no entries) which is included in the Return under Cardiff district.
Bedwas parish statistics; Area 4207 acres. Population 480 males, 444 females, total 924 (exc Van hamlet)
- Lower Bedwas hamlet.
- Bedwas Parish Church - Attendance - Morning 30, afternoon 33 ("There has been no Sunday School during the last two months for the want of a teacher, if the said church has been erected in a more central part of the parish it would have been better attended") 1 service in Welsh taken by the curate (who resides in the Glebe-house) Watkin Watkins, Rector (Rectory with the living of Ruddrey annexed - Lewis 1848)
- Hephzibah, Baptist. - Erected 1840. Attendance - morning 80, afternoon 59 scholars, evening 149. Owen E Jones, Pastor, Bedwas
- Tabor, Independent - Erected 1829 Attendance - morning 120, afternoon 95 scholars, evening 260 John Morgan Thomas, Minister, Blackwood