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Betws Y / Bettws

"BETTWS, a parish in the upper division of the hundred of Wentllooge, in the county of Monmouth, 3 miles to the N.W. of Newport, its post and union town. Its name, common to several parishes in Wales, signifies a pleasant place among the hills. The living is a perpetual curacy annexed to the vicarage of Woollas, in the diocese of Llandaff. The church is dedicated to St. David."

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)

Church History

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.

Bettws parish; Statistics; Area 1132 acres, Population 52 males, 35 females, total 87

  • Bettws Parish Church.  -   Usual number of attendants -  afternoon 5, no service morning and evening   No scholars     1 service in English     Informant; John Cocker, Farmer, Bettws   

Church Records

See the Monmouthshire county page for links to online records

  • This list of parish records is intended as a rough guide to coverage only. Their location as stated should be confirmed with the appropriate Record Office prior to any visit.
    Betws, Y / Bettws, St David's Church - records with the Gwent RO
    Baptisms Marriages Banns Burials
    1696-1757, 1813-1969 1696-1752, 1834-1971 1826-1977 1696-1759, 1823-1977
    Bishops Transcripts 1725-75, 1777-1834, 1836, 1838-40, 1844, 1847, 1849-50, 1852, 1856-7, 1860-4, 1867-9, 1871-2 - records with the NLW
    [Details as published in The Parish Registers of Wales, NLW 1986 - present location/availability may vary]

Description and Travel

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Bettws - on wikipedia

Historical Geography

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


  • Kain, R.J.P., Oliver, R.R., Historic Parishes of England and Wales: an Electronic Map of Boundaries before 1850 with a Gazetteer and Metadata [computer file]. Colchester, Essex: History Data Service, UK Data Archive [distributor], 17 May 2001. SN: 4348.  Here is a gazetteer/finding aid plus a set of overview maps to accurately identify the position of parishes within the county.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference ST289905 (Lat/Lon: 51.608780, -3.028170), Betws Y / Bettws which are provided by: