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Bettws or Bettws Cedewain, Montgomeryshire

Historical Description

Bettws or Bettws-Cedewain, a village and a parish in Montgomeryshire. The village is in Ucheldre township, and stands on the river Bechan, 2½ miles above its influx to the Severn, 4 NW of Abermule station on the Cambrian railway, and 5½ N by E of Newtown. The parish includes the townships of Ucheldre, Dolforwyn, Garthgellin, and Llani-theon, and it has a post office under Newtown, which is the telegraph office; money order office, Tregynon, 2 miles NW distant. Acreage, 5428; population of the civil parish, 579; of the ecclesiastical, 464. The surface is undulating and well-wooded. A ruined ancient castle in Dolforwyn township is conjectured to have been built by the British in the time of the Romans; the name signifies "the maiden's meadow," and is said to have been the habitation of " Sabrina fair," whose fate is immortalized by Drayton and Milton. 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; net value, £148 with residence. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church belonged to a Cistercian nunnery founded in the 13th century —Strata Marcella Abbey, near Welshpool—has a tower, completed in 1531 by John Meredyth, and contains a monument to him. There are Baptist and Calvinistic Methodist chapels.

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

Land and Property

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