"GARTH-BEIBIO, a parish in the upper division of the hundred of MATHRAVAL, county of MONTGOMERY, NORTH WALES, on the road from Welshpool to Machynlleth, Dolgelley, &c., 9 miles (N. W. by W.) from Llanvair, containing 342 inhabitants. This place derives its name from Garth, a ness, or promontory, and Peibio, the name of some chieftain, of whom nothing is known. The parish contains about one thousand six hundred acres of land enclosed and under cultivation, and nine hundred acres unenclosed : it is situated between the rivers Twrch and Banwy, which unite just below the church : peat is procured within its limits. ... The church is an ancient structure, dedicated to St. Tydecho. ..." [A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis, 1833]



Deanery of Careinion; Garthbeibio  Collections historical & archaeological relating to Montgomeryshire   Vol 34  1907   Welsh Journals Online

Edwards, Griffith. The works of the Rev. Griffith Edwards (Gutyn Padarn), M.A., F.R.H.S., late Vicar of Llangadfan, Montgomeryshire : parochial histories of Llangadfan, Garthbeibio, and Llanerfyl, Montgomeryshire, together with Welsh and English poetry. London : Elliot Stock, 1895. 296p

Jones, Francis. Plwyf Garthbeibio a'i hynafiaethau. Dolgellau : Richard Hughes, [186?] 20p

Wheeler, R E M        A tumulus at Gartheibio          Collections historical & archaeological relating to Montgomeryshire   Vol 40  1923   Welsh Journals Online


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.

Parish statistics; Area 7200 acres; Population 169 males, 186 females, total 355

  • Garthbeibio Parish Church                Attendance - morning 50, evening 120           Services in Welsh       William Evan Jones, Rector
  • Beersheba, Independent             Erected 1843          Attendance - evening 60             Evan Roberts, Minister, Voel

    Church of St Tydecho, Garthbeibio on the Montgomeryshire Churches Survey site

    Independent churches on the Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society site - Garthbeibio, disused chapel near the Wern.


    Church Records

    Detailed information on deposited registers and transcripts for this parish is given on the Powys Archives page Montgomeryshire 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;

    • Baptisms 1710-1925; Marriages 1722-95, 1837-1917, 1919-1941; Burials 1710-1903
      Parish Registers, or copies, for all or part of these dates are held at the NLW, and/or Powys Archives.  
      Bishops Transcripts for various periods are held at the NLW, Denbighshire Archives and/or Flintshire Archives 

    Description & Travel

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    Historical Geography

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



    Map of Montgomeryshire parishes on Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society's site - shows dioceses

    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SH955149 (Lat/Lon: 52.721325, -3.549014), Garthbeibio which are provided by: