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Betws Garmon / Bettws Garmon

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"BETWS-GARMON, a parish in the hundred of Isgorfai, in the county of Carnarvon, North Wales, 5 miles to the S.E. of Carnarvon, its post and union town. It is situated at the foot of Snowdon, the base of which extends into the parish. The river Gwrfai takes its rise here, and the neighbourhood comprises some of the grandest mountain and lake scenery in Wales. The church stands between Moel Aelian, 2,370 feet in height, and the Mynydd Mawr hills of rather lower elevation. Remains of towers exist on both these hills. Nant Mill, which is near a beautiful waterfall, is in this parish. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Bangor, value £63, in the patronage of the Bishop of Llandaff. The church, of small dimensions, is dedicated to St. Garmon. Fairs are held here on the 17th August, and the 22nd and 26th September." [From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]



  • Kelly, Richard S. Two small perforated stones from Betws Garmon and Mynytho. Transactions of the Caernarvonshire Historical 48 (1987), p. 119-22
  • Yates, M J. Excavation and conservation at Capel Garmon chambered tomb, Betws-y-coed, Gwynedd, 1989. Archaeology in Wales 31 (1991), p. 1-5


1851 Census of Betws Garmon. A full transcription by Joyce & Douglas Hinde in both "As Enumerated" and "Surname Order" form.


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.

Bettws Garmon Parish; Statistics; Area 2759 acres; Population 45 males, 52 females, total 97

  • Bettws Garmon Parish Church       Rebuilt 1842           Attendance - morning 13           "The population of this parish is very small, about 90, and widely dispersed over a mountainous district - many being 3 or 4 miles from the Church"           Service in Welsh        Jas. Parry, P.Curate
  • Salem, Calvinistic Methodist          Erected 1842       Attendance -morning 64, afternoon 69 scholars, evening 85            Rice Williams, Deacon; Rees Williams, Cwmbychan

ST GARMON'S CHURCH, BETWS GARMON (External/internal)  - on the People's Collection Wales site


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    A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis, 1833

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    Ration books issued by the Ministry of Food. Instructions for use printed on front and back. Contain coupons for sugar, fats, meat and spare coupons. Owner's name and address written inside in ink. Original staple missing, replaced by paper clip. Used by William Jones of Betws Garmon. dd 5 Jul 1918   - on the People's Collection Wales site