Betws-y-Coed / Bettws-y-Coed


"BETWS-Y-COED, a parish in the hundred of Nantconway, in the county of Carnarvon, North Wales, 3 miles to the S. of Llanrwst. It is situated in a charming valley, protected by mountains, at the junction of the river Llugwy with the Conway. The latter is crossed by Waterloo-bridge, a single arch of iron, erected in the year of the battle of Waterloo. Over the former is the bridge called Pont-y-Pair, of singular construction, the work of an ingenious mason of Pennlyn, who lived in the 15th century. It consists of four arches, each resting on a mass of rock, over which the water, in time of floods, runs in fine cascades." [From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]



  • Jones, Ivor W. Betws-y-Coed & the Conwy Valley. Cardiff : John Jones Cardiff Ltd, 1974. 80p
  • Jones, Ivor W. Betws-y-Coed, the mountain resort. Glasgow : Hay Nisbet and Miller Ltd, 1974. 62p
  • Kendall, Hilary. Walks around Betws-y-Coed. [Betws y Coed] : [Hilary Books], 1998. 80p
  • Lord, Peter. Clarence Whaite and the Welsh art world : the Betws-y-coed artists' colony, 1844-1914. Aberystwyth : National Library of Wales, 1998. 192p
  • Miles, Cenlas. Official guide to Betws-y-coed. Betws-y-Coed] : Betws-y-coed Community Council, 1982. 48p
  • North Wales (northern section) : Llandudno, Colwyn Bay, Rhyl, Conway, Penmaenmawr, Bangor, Anglesey, Betws-y-Coed, Llanrwst, Capel Curig, Caernarvon, etc. 5th ed. London : Ward Lock, 1979. 192p
  • Sandiford, Ray. Betws-y-coed : a pictorial trip down memory lane. Bettws-y-coed : Country Cottage Publications, 1992. 80p
  • Shaw, Donald L. The A-Z of Betws-y-coed : a miscellany of selected past and present facts associated with the village and parish, including character anecdotes. Capel Garmon : Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, 1990. 136p

Church History

Church and chapel data from The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 11, North Wales. Ed. by Ieuan Gwynedd Jones, UWP, 1981. The names given towards the end of each entry are those of the informants.

 Bettws-y-coed Parish; Statistics; Area 3537 acres; Population 234 males, 244 females, total 478

  • Bettws-y-coed Parish Church        Attendance - afternoon 70         Service in Welsh            Rich. Jones Stipendiary Curate, Bettwsycoed
  • Soar, Independent Dissenters           Erected 1842          Attendance - afternoon 44 inc 20 scholars, evening 40 inc 16 scholars             Evan Lewis, Minister
  • Brynmawr, Calvinistic Methodist        Erected before 1806       Attendance - morning 237, afternoon 203, evening 295          William Jones, Elder,Penrallt Bettws y bedd

    See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of ;

    • St Michael's Church
    • St Mary's Church

    Friends of St Michael's, Betws-y-Coed W. Rawson Williams Sermon Notes  - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
    "Photocopies of the notes and sermons of W. Rawson Williams together with notes on the history of the Calvinistic Methodist cause in Betws-y-Coed"

    • Rees, Thomas & John Thomas. Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). Here is the entry from this book for Betws-y-coed chapel (in Welsh )    - with translation by Eleri Rowlands (Oct 2009)

     Betws-Y-Coed Church  - on the People's Collection Wales site


      Church Records


      Description & Travel

      Journey to the past  - Betws y coed

      Welcome to Betws y Coed - on the Betws-y-Coed.com site

      Betws-y-Coed - on Wikipedia  and wicipedia (Welsh)

      Betws-y-Coed  - on wikimedia commons site

      Betws-y-coed - on the anglesey.info site

      Various landscapes  - on the People's Collection Wales site

      You can see pictures of Betws-y-Coed / Bettws-y-Coed which are provided by:





      Certificate that Richard Thomas killed five foxes in the parish of Betws-y-coed and one fox in the parish of Dolwyddelan. dd 10 June 1652  - on the People's Collection Wales site


      Land & Property

      Coed-y-Celyn, Betws-y-coed - on the People's Collection Wales site
      "Photographic survey of Coed-y-Celyn, Betws-y-coed, undertaken by George Bernard Mason as part of the National Buildings Record, 1956......."

      Miners Bridge, Betws-y-coed (1855) - on the People's Collection Wales site



      Gwynedd Family History Society have a diagram of the ecclesiastical parishes of Caernarfonshire (under Parishes)

      You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SH786568 (Lat/Lon: 53.094221, -3.814101), Betws-y-Coed / Bettws-y-Coed which are provided by:


      Public Records

      J. V. Williams (County Valuer) Papers  - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
      "Includes; Papers about the Betws-y-Coed Waterworks, 1912-1914...."



      Conwy Schools (Ysgolion Conwy) records  - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
      "Includes; Records of school within Conwy CBC, including Betws Y Coed Council Primary School, 1871-1974.."