Kelly's Directory for South Wales, 1910


The information  below relating to Betws, Garnant and Glanamman was extracted  by Gareth Hicks with the kind permission of the publishers from the CD of the same title as the main heading. (Archive CD Books)

Betws, Garnant and Glanamman

Betws is a parish and village, on the river Amman, in the Eastern division of the county of Carmarthen, 1 mile north from Pantyffynnon Junction station on the Llanelly and Llandovery branch of the Great Western railway, 7 1/2 south of Llandilofawr and 7 north-by-east from Pontardulais in the hundred of Iscennen, Amman Valley petty sessional division, county court district of Llandilo, union of Llandilofawr, rural reanery of Llandilo, archdeaconry of Carmarthen and diocese of St David's.

The church of St David is a plain edifice of stone, consisting of a chancel with aisles, nave, aisle, porch and a turret containing one bell: there are 130 sittings. The register dates from the year 1706. The living is a vicarage, net income £220, with 50 acres of glebe and residence, in the gift of the Bishop of St David's, and is at present (1910) vacant.

Christchurch, CWMAMMAN, is an ecclesiastical parish formed in 1843 out of five adjacent parishes: the church is a plain edifice of stone, consisting of chancel, nave, and a turret containing one bell: it was restored in 1878 at a cost of £505, and again in 1892, at a cost of £100, and affords 400 sittings. The register dates from the year 1843. The living is a vicarage, net income £290, with residence, in the gift of the Bishop of St David's, and held since 1891 by the Rev Evan Davies, who resides at Cwmamman, Garnant.

There are tinplate, color and chemical works and collieries.

Bethel Congregational chapel (Cwmamman) was founded in 1778 and has 850 sittings; there is a Baptist chapel at Glanamman, erected in 1844, seating 450, and a Welsh Calvinistic Methodist chapel, Maesquarre, is the seat of John L Williams esq.

The Earl Cawdor, who is the lord of the manor, Lord Dynevor, A K Stepney esq of Llanelly and John L Williams esq are the principal landowners.

The chief crops are roots, with some pasturage. The area is 5,818 acres, of which 52 are water; rateable value £13,754; the population in 1901 was 2.865 in the civil and 612 in the ecclesiastical parish.

  • Post Office, Bettws --- Thomas Harris, sub-postmaster. Letters are delivered through Ammanford, Carmarthenshire; dispatched at 10.30 am & 5.45 pm week days only. The nearest money order & telegraph office is at Ammanford, half a mile distant.
  • Post M O & T O & Telephonic Express delivery Office, Garnant (letters should be addressed Garnant, Carmarthenshire). --- Thomas Thomas, sub-postmaster. Letters arrive at at 7 and 10.45 am; dispatched 10.50 am & 5.40 pm week days; sundays arrive 8.20 am callers only; dispatched 4.20 pm.
  • Post M O & T Office, Glanamman (letters should be addressed, Glanamman, Carmarthenshire) --- John Phillips, sub-postmaster. Letters arrive at 6.30 am and 12.5 pm; dispatched 11.5 am & 6.45 pm week days; sunday arrive 8.10 am callers only; dispatched 4.15 pm.

County Police, Thomas Roberts, sergeant & 1 constable

Public Elementary Schools

  • Bettws (mixed), for 250 children; average attendance 209
  • Glanamman (mixed),  for 549 children; average attendance 465; Thomas Thomas, master
  • Garnant (mixed), for 334 children; average attendance 316; William owen, master; Mrs Ruth Price, mistress.

Railway Stations

  • Glanamman (G W Rly), David T Williams, station master
  • Garnant (G W Rly), Benjamin Davies, station master


  • Williams, John L; Maesquarre


  • Evans, John; Butcher's Arms PH


  • Davies, Rev Evan (vicar of Christchurch); Cwmamman
  • Hawkins, Charles Thomas; The Surgery
  • Jones, Rev J Edroyd (Congregational); Trebevan
  • Jones, Rev Thomas R (Baptist); Cowall street
  • Jones, John; The Villa
  • Morgan, Thomas; Brynteg


  • Amman Valley Tin Plate Co Limited (Gwilym Rees, manager)
  • Blackmore, S E, hair dresser
  • Bowen, John; Lamb & Flag PH
  • Capital & Counties Bank Limited (sub-branch) (W Griffiths, manager), attends fridays, 9.30 to 12; draw on head office 39 Threadneedle street EC
  • Consolidated Collieries Co Limited (Thomas George, manager)
  • Davies, Arthur G & Co, ironmongers
  • Davies & Jenkins, drapers
  • Davies, Daniel, grocer; Stepney road
  • Davies, Daniel John, cabinet maker
  • Davies, David, shopkeeper
  • Davies, Gilbert H, architect; Brynteg
  • Davies, John, draper
  • Davies, Katherine (Mrs); Colliers' Arms PH
  • Davies, Rees, commission & insurance agent & collector of rates & taxes; Brynteg
  • Davies, Thomas, builder
  • Edwards, David, ironmonger
  • Evans, Margaret (Mrs), china dealer
  • Evans, William John, blacksmith
  • Garnant Anthracite Collieries Co Limited (JJ Morris, manager)
  • Garnant Reading Room (John Richards, sec)
  • Glan-Garnant Colliery Co Limited (Charles Ashwin, sec)
  • Hall, David George, hair dresser
  • Harries, Mary (Mrs), boot maker
  • Hawkins, Charles Thomas MRCS Eng, LRCP Lond, physician & surgeon; The Surgery
  • Jefferies, Morgan W, butcher
  • Jenkins, Richard; Prince Albert PH
  • Jones, Mary (Mrs), boot maker
  • Jones, Rees, builder
  • Jones, Walter, boot & shoe dealer
  • Jones, William; Globe PH
  • Lewis & Evans, butchers; London ho
  • Lewis, David A, boot maker
  • Lewis, Edward John, blacksmith
  • Lewis, William, ironmonger & grocer
  • Lewis, William B, outfitter
  • Lloyds Bank Limited (sub-branch) (David Arthur Fox, manager), attends tuesdays & fridays, 2 to 4.30; draw on Ammanford branch
  • Mason, William F, china dealer
  • Metropolitan Bank Limited (sub-branch) (O R Evans, manager); attends tuesdays & fridays 9.15 to 12.45; draw on Ammanford branch
  • Michael, Charles, shopkeeper
  • Michael, Thomas, grocer
  • Morgan, David, miller & corn merchant; Neuadd mill
  • Morgan, Evan, fruiterer
  • Morgan, John, saddler
  • Morgan, Thomas MRCS, LRCP Lond, physician & surgeon, public vaccinator for Cwmamman district of Llandilo fawr union & medical officer to the G W Railway, Post Office & Board of Education; Brynteg
  • Morgan, William, draper; Oak house
  • Parkinson, Frederick, builder
  • Philpott, John James, grocer
  • Pike, Joseph & Sons, fruiterers
  • Rees, David, grocer
  • Rees, Louis, boot & shoe maker
  • Rees, Margaret (Mrs); Raven PH
  • Rees, Morgan Charles, builder
  • Rees, Moses, stationer & newsagent
  • Rees, Rachel (Mrs), shopkeeper
  • Rees, Thomas, boot dealer
  • Richards, Philip; Half Moon PH
  • Roberts, John, draper & tailor
  • Thomas, David, ironmonger
  • Thomas, David John, builder
  • Thomas, Esther (Mrs), shopkeeper
  • Thomas, Thos, shopkeeper, Post office
  • Thomas, William, shopkeeper
  • Thomas, Winifred (Miss), shopkeeper
  • Williams, Richard, boot maker
  • Williams, William, tinplate worker


  • Jones, Daniel; Malvern house
  • Jones, Hugh; Ydderwen
  • Jones, James; Brynheulog
  • McTurk, James; Woodburn
  • Oliver, Rev John (Calvinistic Meth)
  • Rees, Rev John C (Baptist); Erylfa
  • Rees, Evan; Bellevue
  • Rowlands, David Charles


  • Bevan & Morgan, builders
  • Bevan, Eliza (Mrs), confectioner
  • Davies, Ann (Mrs), shopkeeper
  • Davies, David, blacksmith
  • Evans, David John, fruiterer
  • Evans, David & Sons, builders
  • Evans & Murrey, builders
  • Evans, John, grocer
  • Evans, Rhydderch, butter merchant
  • Fuller, James, ironmonger
  • Fuller, John, cabinet maker
  • Garland, Frederick, plumber
  • Gellyceidrim Collieries Co Limited ( ER Fisher, manager)
  • Glanamman Reading Room (John James Morgan, sec)
  • Glanov Trading Co, provision mers
  • Grainger, Henry, confectioner
  • Griffiths, David; fruiterer
  • Griffiths, John, confectioner
  • Hay, Thomas Jones; Plough & Harrow PH
  • Herbert, Sidney, boot dealer
  • Hopkin, Wm, jobmaster; Bryn Rhos
  • Hughes & Morgan, builders
  • Hughes, George; Farmers' Arms PH
  • Isaac, Rees, butcher
  • Jenkins, David, draper; Brighton stores
  • Jenkins, David, draper; Waterloo ho
  • Jones, Elizabeth (Miss), shopkeeper
  • Jones, Evan, butcher & confectioner
  • Jones, John Griffith, stationer
  • Jones, Morgan M, music seller
  • Jones, Samuel, shopkeeper
  • Jones, Sarah (Mrs), shopkeeper
  • Leonard, John; Salutation PH
  • Lewis, William, boot dealer
  • Morgan Brothers, builders
  • Morgan, Evan (Mrs); Amman Hotel
  • Morgan, William, ironmonger
  • Phillips, Job, shopkeeper
  • Phillips, John, stationer, Post office
  • Phillips, Phillip, butcher & grocer
  • Raven Tin Plate Co Limited (The) (T Morris, manager)
  • Rees, David; Cross Keys PH
  • Rees, Dewi, tobacconist
  • Rees, Griffith, butcher
  • Richards, Dianah (Mrs), shopkeeper
  • Rowlands, David Charles, surgeon
  • Walters, David, confectioner
  • Walters, William, blacksmith
  • Williams, Danl & Sons, boot & shoe dlrs
  • Williams, Alfred, stone & marble msn
  • Williams, Daniel, carpenter & builder


(5 categories of letter addressing instructions are omitted from this extract)

  • Aubrey, Susannah (Mrs); Cwmffos
  • Davies, Benjamin; Cwm Cathan Uchaf
  • Davies, Evan; Cwmfiellen
  • Davies, Henry; Tynyrch
  • Davies, Mary (Mrs); Bryncam
  • Davies, Rees; Ysyybor Win
  • Doughton, Francis; Penlle Eglwys
  • Evans, Benjamin; Llwynycwn
  • Evans, David; Blaennantycadno
  • Evans, Edmund; Tir Eleanor Morgan
  • Evans, Mary (Mrs); Penwynshun
  • Evans, Mary Ann (Mrs); Pant-y-Bettws
  • Evans, Rhydderch; Glynmoch
  • Evans, Thomas; Cwmelen
  • George, David; Gorslydan
  • Griffiths, Herbert; Plasbettws
  • Griffiths, William; Nant Main
  • Harries, Mary (Mrs); Felyn Llwyn-du
  • Hicks, Jonathan; Brycam
  • Hopkins, Evan; Pantyffynnon
  • Hopkins, William; Twllgwyn
  • Jacob, Dinah (Mrs); Bryn
  • James, Charles D; Cwm Garnant
  • Jenkins, Daniel; Tyisaf
  • Jenkins, Susannah (Miss); Gilfach
  • Jones, Benjamin; Brynhynydd
  • Jones, Giles; Bank-y-wern
  • Jones, Howell; Hafodwanol
  • Jones, Isaac; Llwchisawel
  • Jones, John; Cwmcathen Isaf
  • Jones, John; Hendryd
  • Jones, John; Llwynyronen
  • Jones, John; Penpound
  • Jones, Joseph; Glyncwarch
  • Jones, Joseph; Ynysfawnen
  • Jones, William; Tynywern
  • Joseph, John; Penllech
  • Lewis, Ann (Mrs); Gorsygarnant
  • Lewis, Elizb (Mrs); Penybwnjwn
  • Lewis, John; Gellyfawr
  • Lewis, John; Pistill Wyd
  • Llewellyn, Margt (Mrs); Cnapllwyd
  • Llewellyn, Rees; Hendy
  • Lloyd, Harry; Wainhir
  • Mainwaring, Mary (Mrs); Nantricket
  • Morgan, Ann (Mrs); Bodist-isaf
  • Morgan, David; Binon Cwmbach
  • Morgan, David; Maesllech
  • Morgan, Joseph; Bwlchymynydd
  • Morgan, Margaret (Mrs); Tirlan
  • Morgan, Thomas; Bodist-uchaf
  • Powell, Griffith; Brwnantddu
  • Price, Charles; Tynydomen
  • Rees, Margaret (Mrs); Curnnant-y-Gath
  • Rees, Rees; Twllgwyn
  • Rees, William; Cwmgrinig
  • Rees, Stephen; Lletharlanfawr
  • Rees, William; Tyncwm
  • Rees, William; Wernfelyn
  • Richards, John; Ystradamman
  • Thomas, Daniel; Cwmgarnant
  • Thomas, Daniel; Tymawr
  • Thomas, David; Plas-y-Bettws
  • Thomas, Henry; Ty Coch
  • Thomas, John; Ou Teynwern
  • Thomas, Rees; Tyn-y-waun
  • Walters, Sarah (Mrs); Merdy-mawr
  • Williams, Ann (Mrs); Gelliceidrim
  • Williams, Henry; Llwyndu
  • Williams, John; Gelliceidrim
  • Williams, John L; Maesquarre
  • Williams, Jonah; Bryncithyn
  • Williams, Joseph; Glynyreithin
  • Williams, Mary (Mrs); Pistillwyd
  • Williams, Thomas; Gwndwngwyn