Betws Leucu


"BETTWS-LEIKE (BETTWS-LEICI), a chapelry in that part of the parish of LLANDEWY-BREVI which is in the upper division of the hundred of MOYTHEN, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES,7 miles (N. by E.) from Lampeter, containing 381 inhabitants. It is situated in the pleasant vale of the Aêron and on the left bank of that river. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry of Cardigan, and diocese of St. David's, endowed with £1000 royal bounty, and in the patronage of the Perpetual Curate of Llandewy-Brevi. This chapelry separately supports its own poor: the average annual expenditure is £59.9." [From Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]


Church History

Some 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 are those of the informants.

  • Bettws Leiki An ancient chapel of an ancient separate chapelry in the parish of Llanddewibrefy
    "Many of the hearers are obliged to stand in the aisle having not an adequate number of sitting"
    Thomas Edwardes, Perpetual Curate, Lampeter

Parish entry for Bettws Leiki and Gartheli from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

  • St Lucia & St Gartheli (Gartheli)
  • Incumbent and Curates; E Jones
  • Rural Deanery of Ultra Aeron
  • Acreage 2,373 & 2,516; Population 231 & 224

St Lucia's Church - photograph on Dyfed FHS

Lewis, J. T. Capel Betws Leici. Welsh Gazette, Jan. 5, 1950.


Church Records

See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page

Parish Register;
Baptisms 1813-1986 . Marriages 1837-1971. NLW/Cer.RO
Entries for CMB before 1812 in PR Llanddewibrefi. PR Marriages 1813-38 recorded in 1933 apparently lost. No burials here.

Bishops Transcripts;
1813-15, 1825-9, 1832-4, 1840-1, 1846-8, 1853-8, 1860-1, 1863-72, 1876-9, 1882, 1885-8, 1890-9, 1902, 1905-9, 1911 NLW

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

I.G.I; Baptisms 1813-15, 1825-72. Marriages 1813-15, 1825-34

Nonconformist Chapels; None


Description & Travel

The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 1, South Wales., by Jones, I.G. & Williams, D. UWP, Cardiff, 1976. These statistics for this parish are extracted from this book which in turn got them from the 1851 census itself;

  • Area 2342 acres; Population 161 males, 198 females, total 359

Lewis, J. T. Betws Leici. Welsh Gazette, Dec. 29, 1949

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The transcription of the section for Betws-Leucu from The National Gazetteer (1868) provided by Colin Hinson.


Historical Geography

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


Land & Property

Documents held at the NLW :
Cardiganshire Rentals ;
19-20. Lordship of Anhuniog, 1925 (Betws Leucu, Cilcennin, Ciliau Aeron, Henfynyw, Llanfair Clydogau).



Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN607582 (Lat/Lon: 52.20458, -4.039741), Betws Leucu which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

Places, villages, farms etc within Betws-Leucu parish as shown on the online parish map from the CD of Historic Parishes of England and Wales: an Electronic Map of Boundaries before 1850 with a Gazetteer and Metadata [computer file]. (Kain, R.J.P., Oliver, R.R.). (Extracted by Gareth Hicks)

  • Capel-Betws-Lleucu (51); Berws; Bryn-hir; Capel-Bettws-Lleucu; Commons Capel-Bettws; Dolau; Garthenor; Gwastoi/Gwastad?; Mill; Olmarch; Pen-bwlch; Pwll-y-badell; Vicarage