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Bugeildy / Beguildy

"BEGUILDY (BUGEILDY), a parish in the hundred of KNIGHTON, County of RADNOR, SOUTH WALES, 6 1/2 miles (N. W. by W.) from Knighton, comprising the upper and lower divisions, and containing 1043 inhabitants, of which number, 591 are in the upper, and 452 in the lower, division. This parish is situated on the river Teme, and, towards the north, borders on the county of Montgomery ; it is in general mountainous, but there is a long narrow tract of great fertility, .............................. the higher grounds command extensive and finely varied prospects over the counties of Radnor, Montgomery, and Salop. Part of the borough of Cnwclas is within this parish, the remainder being in that of Heyop, and the court-house in which the burgesses of that place are elected is situated in the township of Beguildy. The parish comprises four townships, namely, Beguildy, Crag y Byddar, Mudwalledd, and Pennant ; ........................The living is a discharged vicarage, in the archdeaconry of Brecknock, and diocese of St. David's, rated in the king's books at £7.15.7 1/2., and in the patronage of the Bishop of St. David's. The church, dedicated to St. Michael, ,..........."    ( A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, Samuel Lewis, 1833)

Bibliography

Jones, Mary Elizabeth            The church and clergy of Beguildy Parish; notes and reminiscences       Radnorshire Society Transactions Vol 34 1964         Welsh Journals Online

Noble, F         The Radnorshire MSS of DR John David Rhys (Sion Dafydd Rhys)            Radnorshire Society Transactions   Vol 26 1956          Welsh Journals Online  

Walker, Margaret S. From Beguildy to Rhosili : the story of the growth of the Mothers' Union within the diocese of Swansea and Brecon. [Swansea] : Swansea and Brecon Mothers Union, 1989. 90

Cemeteries

Census

Victorian Powys for schools site - Census figures for Beguildy parish 1841-1901

Churches

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Bugeildy / Beguildy area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

Church of St Michael and All Angels, Beguildy on the Radnorshire Churches Survey site

The old church cleaner, Beguildy c 1910-1920   - on the People's Collection Wales site

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.

Llanfihangel Beguildy Parish; Statistics; Area 16645 acres; Population 549 males, 488, total 1037

  • Beguildy Parish Church      Attendance - morning 40    "This Parish is about 15 miles in length, it's average breadth for 10 miles is about 2 1/2 miles, half of which only is enclosed.  The Church is situated near the centre. The inhabitants of the Lower Division have the opportunity of attending the Churches of adjoining parishes, at a convenient distance. But parts of the Upper Division are from 4 to 6 miles distant from any church."      1 service in English      Rich. Hamer, Vicar
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  • Velindre Chappel, Wesleyan Methodist      Erected 1827            Attendance - morning 30, evening 100      John Griffiths, Steward, Killowent, Beguidy
  • Brook House, Primitive Methodist      Erected before 1800 (not a separate building)     Attendance - morning 14, afternoon 70, evening 20     Joseph Hutchings, Minister, Broad St, Presteigne

Church Records

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 1703-1986; Marriages 1703-1983; Burials 1703-1959; Banns 1850-1934
    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  

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Bugeildy / Beguildy which are provided by:

Gazetteers

Historical Geography

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

Land and Property

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

  • Fox and Sons, Southampton - Radnorshire Sales Particulars   "Sales particulars of the Beguildy estate, 1949; Newcastle Court estate, 1947."  
  • Phillips & Co [Ludlow] . records   ".................. including deeds and associated papers relating to land in the parishes of Beguildy, 1835-1852 ..........."

Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SO194797 (Lat/Lon: 52.409315, -3.186349), Bugeildy / Beguildy which are provided by:

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

Victorian Powys for schools site - Map of Beguildy in 1903, and c 1840

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

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

  • Radnorshire ecclesiastical parish records (Beguildy, Llandegley, and Llangunllo)      "including .............. Beguildy parish poor rate assessment book, 1838-1841"

Population

Parish population figures 1841-1901  - on Victorian Powys

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Bugeildy / Beguildy