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Bettws, Carmarthenshire

Historical Description

Bettws, a parish in Carmarthenshire, adjacent to Ammanford station on the Llanelly and Gwauncaequrwen section of the G.W.R., and 8 miles S of Llandilofawr. Post town, Ammanford (R.S.O.) Acreage, 6511; population of the civil parish, 2417; of the ecclesiastical, 831. The surface is hilly, and includes the Bettws Mountains, which are an offset of the Black Mountains. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of St David's; gross value, £243 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of St David's.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyCarmarthenshire 
County Court districtLlandilo 
DioceseSt. Davids 
Petty-Sessional DivisionLlandilo 
Poor Law unionLlandilofawr 
Registration districtLlandilofawr1837 - 1935
Registration districtCarmarthen1935 - 1974
Rural DeaneryLlandilo 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1706.


Church of England

St. David (parish church)

The church of St. David is a plain edifice of stone, consisting of a chancel with aisles, nave, aisle, porch, and a turret containing one bell: there are 130 sittings.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

For births, marriages, and deaths in Bettws from 1837 to 1935 you should search for the Llandilofawr Registration District.
For births, marriages, and deaths in Bettws from 1935 to 1974 you should search for the Carmarthen Registration District.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Bettws from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Carmarthenshire is available to browse.


Online maps of Bettws are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following newspapers online:

RegionSouth Wales