In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Betws Y Coed like this:
BETTWS-Y-COED, a village, a parish, and a subdistrict, in the district of Llanrwst and county of Carnarvon. The village stands at the terminus of the Llanrwst railway, 3½ miles S of Llanrwst; has a post office under Llanrwst, a r. station with telegraph, and an inn; and is a resort of anglers and artists. A curious picturesque bridge, called Pont-y-Pain, spans the Llugwy here, over a cataract which is notable as a salmon-leap. The parish comprises 3,537 acres. Real property, £1,447. ...
Pop., 509. Houses, 103. The property is all in one estate. Some fine scenery, with several good waterfalls, occurs in the vales and on the hills. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bangor. Value, £101. Patron, the Bishop of Bangor. The church is ancient and good; and contains a monument of Gryffydd, grandnephew of the last Llewelyn. There are an Independent chapel and a Calvinistic Methodist chapel.-The subdistrict comprises four parishes and part of another. Acres, 35,118. Pop., 2,735. Houses, 558.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Betws Y Coed has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Conwy. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Betws Y Coed and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Betws Y Coed, in Conwy and Caernarvonshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 25th November 2015
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