Bugeildy / Beguildy


"BEGUILDY (BUGEILDY), a parish in the hundred of KNIGHTON, County of RADNOR, SOUTH WALES, 6 1/2 miles (N. W. by W.) from Knighton, comprising the upper and lower divisions, and containing 1043 inhabitants, of which number, 591 are in the upper, and 452 in the lower, division. This parish is situated on the river Teme, and, towards the north, borders on the county of Montgomery ; it is in general mountainous, but there is a long narrow tract of great fertility, .............................. the higher grounds command extensive and finely varied prospects over the counties of Radnor, Montgomery, and Salop. Part of the borough of Cnwclas is within this parish, the remainder being in that of Heyop, and the court-house in which the burgesses of that place are elected is situated in the township of Beguildy. The parish comprises four townships, namely, Beguildy, Crag y Byddar, Mudwalledd, and Pennant ; ........................The living is a discharged vicarage, in the archdeaconry of Brecknock, and diocese of St. David's, rated in the king's books at £7.15.7 1/2., and in the patronage of the Bishop of St. David's. The church, dedicated to St. Michael, ,..........." ( A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, Samuel Lewis, 1833)



Jones, Mary Elizabeth            The church and clergy of Beguildy Parish; notes and reminiscences       Radnorshire Society Transactions Vol 34 1964         Welsh Journals Online

Noble, F         The Radnorshire MSS of DR John David Rhys (Sion Dafydd Rhys)            Radnorshire Society Transactions   Vol 26 1956          Welsh Journals Online  

Walker, Margaret S. From Beguildy to Rhosili : the story of the growth of the Mothers' Union within the diocese of Swansea and Brecon. [Swansea] : Swansea and Brecon Mothers Union, 1989. 90



Victorian Powys for schools site - Census figures for Beguildy parish 1841-1901


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.

Llanfihangel Beguildy Parish; Statistics; Area 16645 acres; Population 549 males, 488, total 1037

  • Beguildy Parish Church      Attendance - morning 40    "This Parish is about 15 miles in length, it's average breadth for 10 miles is about 2 1/2 miles, half of which only is enclosed.  The Church is situated near the centre. The inhabitants of the Lower Division have the opportunity of attending the Churches of adjoining parishes, at a convenient distance. But parts of the Upper Division are from 4 to 6 miles distant from any church."      1 service in English      Rich. Hamer, Vicar
  • Velindre Chappel, Wesleyan Methodist      Erected 1827            Attendance - morning 30, evening 100      John Griffiths, Steward, Killowent, Beguidy
  • Brook House, Primitive Methodist      Erected before 1800 (not a separate building)     Attendance - morning 14, afternoon 70, evening 20     Joseph Hutchings, Minister, Broad St, Presteigne

Church of St Michael and All Angels, Beguildy on the Radnorshire Churches Survey site

The old church cleaner, Beguildy c 1910-1920   - on the People's Collection Wales site


    Church Records

    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 1703-1986; Marriages 1703-1983; Burials 1703-1959; Banns 1850-1934
      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  

    Description and Travel

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    Historical Geography

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



    Bryndraenog, Beguildy (" ..... is an early fifteenth century timber-framed great house of remarkable craftsmanship, with a substantially complete plan, and important literary associations. It has been tree-ring dated to 1436") on the People's Collection Wales site


    Land and Property

    Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

    • Fox and Sons, Southampton - Radnorshire Sales Particulars   "Sales particulars of the Beguildy estate, 1949; Newcastle Court estate, 1947."  
    • Phillips & Co [Ludlow] . records   ".................. including deeds and associated papers relating to land in the parishes of Beguildy, 1835-1852 ..........."


    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

    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

    Victorian Powys for schools site - Map of Beguildy in 1903, and c 1840

    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SO184793 (Lat/Lon: 52.405864, -3.201313), Bugeildy / Beguildy which are provided by:


    Military History

    The Lucky Ones (Men from Beguildy who returned from the Great War)  on the People's Collection Wales site


    Poor Houses, Poor Law, etc.

    Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

    • Radnorshire ecclesiastical parish records (Beguildy, Llandegley, and Llangunllo)      "including .............. Beguildy parish poor rate assessment book, 1838-1841"


    Parish population figures 1841-1901  - on Victorian Powys