"BEDWAS, a parish chiefly in the lower division of the hundred of Wentllooge, in the county of Monmouth, and partly in the hundred of Caerphilly, in the county of Glamorgan, South Wales, 2 miles to the N. of Caerphilly. It is situated on the banks of the river Rumney, and contains the hamlets of Upper and Lower Bedwas (in Monmouthshire), and Van (in Glamorganshire). The living is a rectory in the diocese of Llandaff, value, with the curacy of Ruddry annexed to it, £450, in the patronage of the bishop. The church is dedicated to St. Barrog." [Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)


See also hamlet of  Maesycwmmer



  • Bedwas School 1885-1985. Bedwas, Nr. Caerphilly] : [Bedwas Junior School], 1985. 80p.

Church History

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 given towards the end of each entry are those of the informants.  Check with  Gwent RO to see what extant records are held, and possible names of chapels/churches built after 1851.

Bedwas parish consisting of the hamlets of Lower Bedwas & Upper Bedwas. Also Van hamlet (no entries) which is included in the Return under Cardiff district.
Bedwas parish statistics; Area 4207 acres.  Population 480 males, 444 females, total 924 (exc Van hamlet)

  • Lower Bedwas hamlet.
  • Bedwas Parish Church    -   Attendance  - Morning 30, afternoon 33    ("There has been no Sunday School during the last two months for the want of a teacher, if the said church has been erected in a more central part of the parish it would have been better attended")  1 service in Welsh taken by the curate (who resides in the Glebe-house)       Watkin Watkins, Rector          (Rectory with the living of Ruddrey annexed - Lewis 1848)
  • Hephzibah, Baptist.  -  Erected 1840.   Attendance - morning 80, afternoon 59 scholars, evening 149.      Owen E Jones, Pastor, Bedwas
  • Tabor, Independent  - Erected 1829     Attendance - morning 120, afternoon 95 scholars, evening 260    John Morgan Thomas, Minister, Blackwood

    Church Records

    See the Monmouthshire county page for links to online records

    • This list of parish records is intended as a rough guide to coverage only. Their location as stated should be confirmed with the appropriate Record Office prior to any visit.
      Bedwas, St Barrog's Church - records with the Gwent RO
      1635-1767, 1769-19361653-1811, 1813-19711930-54, 1956-611653-1753, 1769-1942
      Bishops Transcripts1717, 1725-64, 1766-75, 1777-1811, 1813-88 - records with the NLW
      [Details as published in The Parish Registers of Wales, NLW 1986 - present location/availability may vary]

    Description & Travel

    Bedwas - on wikipedia

    Bedwas Station - on the People's Collection Wales site

    You can see pictures of Bedwas which are provided by:




    Historical Geography

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



    WWI & II Roll of Honour - Bedwas & Trethomas (photograph only)



    • Family Search have an interactive map called "England and Wales Jurisdictions 1851" showing parish (and other) boundaries with optional background maps such as Ordnance Survey. There is also a Search facility, do read the guidance notes to get maximum benefit from this useful resource. See here for further background information to assist in the interpretation of this data
    • Kain, R.J.P., Oliver, R.R., Historic Parishes of England and Wales: an Electronic Map of Boundaries before 1850 with a Gazetteer and Metadata [computer file]. Colchester, Essex: History Data Service, UK Data Archive [distributor], 17 May 2001. SN: 4348.  Here is a gazetteer/finding aid plus a set of overview maps to accurately identify the position of parishes within the county.
    • Plan of the parish of Bedwas in the county of Monmouth - on the People's Collection Wales site

    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference ST169902 (Lat/Lon: 51.604509, -3.20127), Bedwas which are provided by:


    Military History

    Bedwas War Memorial - on the People's Collection Wales site




    Public Records

    Records of Bedwas and Machen Urban District Council, 1912-1974. .See Archives Hub



     Records relating to Bedwas School Board, 1884-1904.See Archives Hub


    Social Life & Customs

    • Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site
      • Bedwas Orchestra. 
      • Bedwas Utd. Orchestral Society 1926
      • St John's Ambulance, Bedwas Division
      • Gang Show, Bedwas Hall, 1982.