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"DISSERTH (DISERTH), a parish in the hundred of COLWYN, county of RADNOR, SOUTH WALES, 5 miles (N.) from Builth, comprising the townships of Disserth and Tre'r Coed, each of which separately supports its own poor, and containing 610 inhabitants. ................. A place called Llechryd, situated within its limits, has generally been considered the scene of the celebrated victory, gained by Rhos ab Tewdwr, the rightful prince of South Wales,........ over the usurping princes of Powys, the three sons of Bleddyn ab Cynvyn; but this event may, with greater probability, be referred to Llechryd near Cardigan, on the banks of the river Teivy......... ...........The Carneddau hills afford good pasturage to numerous flocks of sheep, of which the wool is of very superior quality and highly esteemed. Fairs were annually held, on Hawey common, on the Saturdays before the 11th of February, the 11th of May, and the 11th of November, chiefly for the sale of live stock, but they have fallen into disuse. The living is a rectory, with the perpetual curacy of Bettws-Disserth annexed, in the archdeaconry of Brecknock, and diocese of St. David's, rated in the king's books at 16, and in the patronage of the Bishop of St. David's. The church, dedicated to St. Cewydd,........."  ( A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, Samuel Lewis, 1833)


Davies, D Stedman Rev.            Disserth Parish              Radnorshire Society Transactions, vol. 8 1938   Welsh Journals Online  

Disserth parish (nr Llandrindod Wells)   &   Notes taken from the two vestry books of Disserth Church         Radnorshire Society Transactions      vol. 15  1945     Welsh Journals Online

Extracts from the parish vestry books and poor law accounts of Disserth. Cronicl Powys, No. 40 (April 1997), 36-38

Fenn, Roy W D. Diserth parish church. Radnorshire Society Transactions, vol. 71 2001    Welsh Journals Online

Howse, William H. Disserth, Radnorshire : its church and its history and folk-lore. Llandrindod Wells : Sayce Brothers, 1952. 23p

Jones, Ruth M. The account books of Stephen Joseph, Disserth. Cronicl Powys. No. 46 (1999), p. 22-24

Notes on the paintings in Disserth Church, Radnorshire          Radnorshire Society Transactions Vol 24  1954      Welsh Journals Online

Powell, A Dymoke       Powell Family, Disserth              Radnorshire Society Transactions, vol. 7 1937     Welsh Journals Online

Stratton, John.                   Brecon Archdeaconry Court, 12.9.1775 : dispute concerning seats in Disserth Church. Cronicl Powys. No. 31 (1994), p. 22-23

Stratton, J A & R W D Fenn            Providence Baptist Chapel, Howey              Radnorshire Society Transactions   Vol 54  1984          Welsh Journals Online  

Church History

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

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of Church of St Cewydd

Rees, Thomas & John Thomas Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). The Caebach  section (in Welsh) has been extracted - with translation by Maureen Saycell (July 2009)  

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.

Disserth Parish consisting of Disserth and the hamlet of Trecoed; Statistics; Area 6650 acres; Population 280 males, 284 females, total 564

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;

Cwm-bach Llechrhyd ecclesiastical parish formed out of Diserth parish in 1886-7, extant records are;



Cwmbach Llechryd War Memorial - on the Roll of Honour site

Howey (Disserth) War Memorial - on the Roll of Honour site

Land and Property

Data on Archives Network Wales;


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

Public Records

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


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