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Betws Cedewain  Montgomeryshire

 

In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Betws Cedewain like this:

BETTWS, or Bettws-Cedewen, a village and a parish in Newtown district, Montgomery. The village is in Ucheldre township; and stands on the river Bechan, 2½ miles above its influx to the Severn, and 3½ N by E of Newtown r. station. The parish includes the townships of Ucheldre, Dolforwyn, Garthgellin, and Llanitheon; and its Post Town is Newtown, Montgomery. ...


Acres, 5,305. Real property, £4,619. Pop., 730. Houses, 146. The property is divided among a few. The surface is undulating and upland; and part of it is pretty fertile. Gregynog was the seat of the Blayneys. A ruined ancient castle in Dolforwyn township is conjectured to have been built by the British in the time of the Romans; and the name of it, the latter part of which signifies "a maiden," is said to have suggested to Leland and Milton the tale of "the Maiden Sabrina." Some curiously wrought brazen and earthen vessels have been found near the castle. A vast hill-camp, called Pen-y-Gaer, is in the neighbourhood of the village. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of St. Asaph. Value, £211.* Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church belonged to a Cistertian nunnery, founded in the 13th century; has a tower built, in 1531, by John of Meredith; and contains a monument to him. There are chapels for Baptists and Methodists, and charities £24.

Betws Cedewain through time

Betws Cedewain is now part of Powys district. Click here for graphs and data of how Powys has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Betws Cedewain itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Betws Cedewain, in Powys and Montgomeryshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.

URL: http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/place/4540

Date accessed: 24th February 2020


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