"BEDDGELERT, (or Bethgelert), a parish in the hundreds of Evionydd and Isgorvai, in the county of Carnarvon, and of Ardudwy, in the county of Merioneth,North Wales, 6 miles to the S. of Snowdon, and 14 miles to the S.E. of Carnarvon, its post town. It lies in the centre of a mountainous district, rich in the grandest and most diversified scenery, embracing mountains, waters, woods, and cultivated valleys. Snowdon itself is partly within this parish, besides several other principal mountains of the great range. The village, a small number of scattered dwellings, is seated at the confluence of the rivers Claslyn and Colwyn, at the foot of the mountain Moel Hebog, which rises to the height of about 2,580 feet. It is one of the favourite starting points for the numerous tourists who visit North Wales, and for whose reception and comfort there is a good hotel." [From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]



  • A guide to Beddgelert and Snowdon : with the rambles and mountain ascents of the vicinity. Manchester : Abel Heywood and Son, 1903. 28p
  • A short account of Carnarvon and Bedd-kill-hart; or Beddgelart &c. Caernarvon : Printed by T. Roberts, 1806. 70p
  • Baddeley, Mountford J B. North Wales (part 1) : Chester, Rhyl, Llandudno, Bangor, Llanrwst, Bettws-y-Coed, Carnarvon, Llanberis, Beddgelert, and Ffestiniog ...London : Dulau, 1884. 218p
  • Bott, Alan & Margaret Dunn. Priory and Parish Church of St Mary, Beddgelert. Gwales, 2004
  • Bransby, James H. A descriptive and historical sketch of Beddgelert and its neighborhood. London, T.M. Cradock, 1840. With: 'An account of the disasterous wreck of the Newry ...' (1838)
  • Griffith, Margaret. Beddgelert : three heritage walks. Beddgelert : Coastline Publications, 1997. 27p
  • Heywood, John. John Heywood's illustrated guide to Snowdon, Llanberis, and Beddgelert. Manchester : John Heywood, [betwen 1893 and 1919] 32p
  • Jones, William B. Plwyf Beddgelert : ei hynafiaethau a'i gofiannau. Tremadog : Argraffwyd yn Swyddfa'r Brython, gan Robert Isaac Jones, 1862. 74p
  • Kendell, Hilary. Walks from the villages of Snowdonia : Beddgelert, Betws-y-Coed, Capel Curig, Dolwyddelan, Llanberis, Llanrwst, Trefriw. [Betws y Coed] : [Hilary Books], 1999. 113p
  • List of names of those protesting against the scheme for an Electric Railway from Bettws y Coed to Beddgelert, which has been submitted to the Board of trade by the Light Railway Commission. Oxford : Horace Hart Printed to the University, [18--?] 40p
  • Owen, R Idloes. An ancient priory : St. Mary's priory, Beddgelert . Country Quest (December 1995), p. 48
  • Pierce, Anita. Beddgelert. Caernarfon : Beddgelert : Cyngor Sir Gwynedd ; Cymdeithas Hanes Beddgelert, 1996. 47p
  • Prichard, Griffith. Coffadwriaeth am Mari Jones, o Ddrws y Coed, Beddgelert yr hon a fu farw Ionawr 22ain, 1826. Carnarfon : Argraffwyd gan L. E. Jones, 1826. 12p

Business & Commerce Records

Castell Slate Quarry, Plasgwynant, Beddgelert, Papers - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
"Castell Slate Quarry, Plasgwynant, Beddgelert, dates from the 18th century or earlier. In 1862, the quarry was part of the Vawdrey family estate in Caernarfonshire....."


Church History

Church and chapel data from The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 11, North Wales. Ed. by Ieuan Gwynedd Jones, UWP, 1981. The names given towards the end of each entry are those of the informants.

Beddgelert Parish consisting of Beddgelert and the hamlet of Nantmor
Beddgelert - Area 20,608 acres; Population 487 males, 460 females, total 947
Nantmor - Area 6108 acres; Population 152 males, 154 females, total 306

  • The returns are missing

    See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of St Mary's Church

    Bethgelert Church - on the Madog.org 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 Beddgelert  chapel (in Welsh ) - with translation by Eleri Rowlands (June 2009) 

    Various items  - on the People's Collection Wales site

    • St. Mary, Beddgelert, Carnarvonshire

    Church Records

    Joyce Hinde has supplied a list of Parish Registers held at the Caernarfon Area Record Office

    Capel Beddgelert, cofysgrifau (records) 1873-1998 - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
    "Codwyd y Capel cyntaf ym Meddgelert ym 1794. Capel bychan iawn ydoedd heb unrhyw eisteddleoedd a thy bychan ynghlwm iddo. Atgyweiriwyd yr adeilad ym 1826, cyn gwario £1100 arno ym 1858, gan wneud lle i 400 o bobl. Adeiladwyd ty i'r gweinidog ym 1898. Roedd 196 o aelodau yng nghapel Beddgelert ym 1900. Roedd yr achos mor boblogaidd ym Meddgelert nes bu'n rhaid sefydlu tri chapel arall yn yr ardal, sef Bethania yn 1822, Rhyd-ddu yn 1825 a Peniel ym 1833. Roedd y Capel ar gau adeg llunio'r disgrifiad hwn."


    Description & Travel

    Welcome to Beddgelert - the Beddgelert tourism site

    Journey to the past  - Beddgelert

    Journey to the past - Snowdon

    Beddgelert - on the anglesey.info site

    Beddgelert - on wicipedia (Welsh)

    Beddgelert in Snowdonia - on the Snowdonia.org site

    Beddgelert - on wikimedia  commons site

    Various landscapes  - on the People's Collection Wales site

    You can see pictures of Beddgelert which are provided by:





    David Pritchard Papers - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
    "Papers of David Pritchard, 1847-1948, including notes and essays by him relating to the Beddgelert area, 1880-1932..."


    Historical Geography

    The parish of Beddgelert straddles the counties of  Caernarfonshire and Merionethshire, the latter contains the following hamlet;
    NANTMOR, a hamlet in that part of the parish of Bethgelart which is in the hundred of ARDUDWY, county of MERIONETH, NORTH WALES, 2 miles (N. E.) from Bethgelart, containing 294 inhabitants. It forms one of those glens among the mountains at the foot of Snowdon which extend into Merionethshire. ( A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis, 1833 )

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



    Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

    • Diary of a boy (William Searell) from Beddgelert, 1844 "William's father was the manager of a slate quarry at Cwmorthin, which was in the mountains near Blaenau Festiniog, but the family lived in Beddgelert, several miles away..."
    • View of the bridge in the centre of the village of Beddgelert showing fishermen and children on the bridge, women washing clothes in the river and a horse and cart. 
    • This is an indictment against David Lloyd ap Robert ap Howell of Nanhoymen, gent., and Humffrid ap David Lloyd of the same, gent., [name crossed out] for assault on Hugh ap William Gruffith ap Jeuan with swords and daggers outside the parish church at Bethkelhert. [Beddgelert].Endorsed: Billa vera. dd 13 Jan 1562 
    • This indictment reads as follows:  - William ap Morgan ap David of Bethkelerth [Beddgelert], yeoman, (Humfrey ap David Lloyd, gentleman, Gruffydd Lloyd ap Eliza, gentleman, Hugh ap William ap Gruffydd ap Ieuan and Lewis ap Rhys ap Robert, yeomen, all of the same) in the church of Bethkellerth [Beddgelert] while the priest was celebrating mass after the reading of the Holy Gospel of God drew their swords (and daggers) and made an assault upon William ap Llywelyn ap William to the great terror of the people hearing mass and to the disturbance of the mass and of the peace. Marginal note: irrotulatur. Endorsement: billa vera.   dd 2 Dec 1554

    Land & Property

    Gelli'r Ynn, Beddgelert, papurau (papers) - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
    "The house of Gelli'r Ynn is in Nantmor, a hamlet in Beddgelert ......."



    Gwynedd Family History Society have a diagram of the ecclesiastical parishes of Caernarfonshire (under Parishes)

    Map of the parish of Beddgelert in the Counties of Carnarvon and Merioneth  - on the People's Collection Wales site

    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SH607500 (Lat/Lon: 53.028679, -4.078932), Beddgelert which are provided by:



    Photograph of men and women haymaking.  - on the People's Collection Wales site


    Public Records

    Beddgelert Vestry and Rate Books  1813-1878 - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
    "The parish of Beddgelert .... was a civil as well as an ecclesiastical administrative unit......which continued until late nineteenth century reforms in local government...."