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"ABEREDW (ABER-EDWY), a parish in the hundred of COLWYN, county of RADNOR, SOUTH WALES, 4 1/2 miles (S. E.) from Builth, containing 344 inhabitants. It derives its name from being situated at the mouth of the river Edwy, which, after flowing through the parish, empties itself into the Wye, the latter river here forming the line of boundary between the counties of Radnor and Brecknock : the Edwy is only a small stream, famous for its trout and eels. The surface of the parish is rocky and uneven, and the scenery pleasing and frequently picturesque : the view from the churchyard is extremely beautiful. The petty sessions for the hundred are occasionally held here. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry of Brecknock, and diocese of St. David's, rated in the king's books at 12. 13. 4., and in the patronage of the Bishop of St. David's. The church, dedicated to St. Cewydd, is a plain building, ........"  ( A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, Samuel Lewis, 1833)


Charters, Alan. Aspects of Aberedw. Aberedw : Alan Charters, 1998. 26p

Cole, E J L      Aberedw Castle             Radnorshire Society Transactions, vol. 21 1951 Welsh Journals Online  

Edwards, Anthony. Battles for Wales : massacre at Aberedw. Cambria 2/5 (1999), p. 44-6

Mostyn, J          Log-books; Aberedw mixed National school       Radnorshire Society Transactions      vol. 19  1949     Welsh Journals Online

Tudor, C L R. Some notes historical & descriptive of the churches and parishes of Aberedw and Llanfaredd. Cardiff : Western Mail, 1917. 56p

Church History

Church of St Cewydd, Aberedw on the Radnorshire Churches Survey site

St Cewydd Church, Aberedw on the Castle Wales site

Rees, Thomas & John Thomas. Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). Here is the entry from this book for Aberedw chapel (in Welsh)   - with translation

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.

Aberedw Parish; Statistics; Area 4300 acres; Population 171 males, 159 females, total 330

Church Records

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

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

Description and Travel

Aberedw Castles on the Castle Wales site

Aberedw Castle - on wikipedia

Carneddau and Aberedw Hills in winter - on the Jane WLKS  site



Aberedw War Memorial - on the Roll of Honour site

Land and Property

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


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

View maps covering the area of this parish and places within its boundaries


Aberedw School group photograph - on flickr

Social Life and Custom

Powys - A Day in the Life  - Health Care - Robert Morris of Aberedw


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