"DISSERTH (DISERTH), a parish in the hundred of COLWYN, county of RADNOR, SOUTH WALES, 5 miles (N.) from Builth, comprising the townships of Disserth and Tre'r Coed, each of which separately supports its own poor, and containing 610 inhabitants. ................. A place called Llechryd, situated within its limits, has generally been considered the scene of the celebrated victory, gained by Rhos ab Tewdwr, the rightful prince of South Wales,........ over the usurping princes of Powys, the three sons of Bleddyn ab Cynvyn; but this event may, with greater probability, be referred to Llechryd near Cardigan, on the banks of the river Teivy......... ...........The Carneddau hills afford good pasturage to numerous flocks of sheep, of which the wool is of very superior quality and highly esteemed. Fairs were annually held, on Hawey common, on the Saturdays before the 11th of February, the 11th of May, and the 11th of November, chiefly for the sale of live stock, but they have fallen into disuse. The living is a rectory, with the perpetual curacy of Bettws-Disserth annexed, in the archdeaconry of Brecknock, and diocese of St. David's, rated in the king's books at £ 16, and in the patronage of the Bishop of St. David's. The church, dedicated to St. Cewydd,........." ( A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, Samuel Lewis, 1833)



Davies, D Stedman Rev.            Disserth Parish              Radnorshire Society Transactions, vol. 8 1938   Welsh Journals Online  

Disserth parish (nr Llandrindod Wells)   &   Notes taken from the two vestry books of Disserth Church         Radnorshire Society Transactions      vol. 15  1945     Welsh Journals Online

Extracts from the parish vestry books and poor law accounts of Disserth. Cronicl Powys, No. 40 (April 1997), 36-38

Fenn, Roy W D. Diserth parish church. Radnorshire Society Transactions, vol. 71 2001    Welsh Journals Online

Howse, William H. Disserth, Radnorshire : its church and its history and folk-lore. Llandrindod Wells : Sayce Brothers, 1952. 23p

Jones, Ruth M. The account books of Stephen Joseph, Disserth. Cronicl Powys. No. 46 (1999), p. 22-24

Notes on the paintings in Disserth Church, Radnorshire          Radnorshire Society Transactions Vol 24  1954      Welsh Journals Online

Powell, A Dymoke       Powell Family, Disserth              Radnorshire Society Transactions, vol. 7 1937     Welsh Journals Online

Stratton, John.                   Brecon Archdeaconry Court, 12.9.1775 : dispute concerning seats in Disserth Church. Cronicl Powys. No. 31 (1994), p. 22-23

Stratton, J A & R W D Fenn            Providence Baptist Chapel, Howey              Radnorshire Society Transactions   Vol 54  1984          Welsh Journals Online  


Church History

Church and chapel data from The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 1, South Wales. Ed. by   I.G   Jones, & D. Williams. UWP,  Cardiff, 1976. The names given towards the end of each entry are those of the informants.

Disserth Parish consisting of Disserth and the hamlet of Trecoed; Statistics; Area 6650 acres; Population 280 males, 284 females, total 564

  • Disserth
  • Disserth Parish Church     Attendance - morning 79 + 32 scholars  (3 m  average afternoon 250 + 45 scholars)    1 service each in English in the Church and Chapel (?)     Jno. Thomas, Rector
  • Trecoed Hamlet
  • No return

Church of St Cewydd, Disserth on the Radnorshire Churches Survey site

'Diserth Church' by Moses Griffith, c. 1770-1800 (watercolour) on the People's Collection Wales site

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of Church of St Cewydd

Rees, Thomas & John Thomas Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). The Caebach  section (in Welsh) has been extracted - with translation by Maureen Saycell (July 2009) 


    Church Records

    Detailed information on deposited registers and transcripts for this parish is given on the Powys Archives page Radnorshire parish registers

    As a guide only, the principal extant parochial church records for this parish span the dates shown below (as detailed in Parish Registers of Wales, NLW 2000) but exact current holdings should be confirmed with the individual Archives;

    • Baptisms 1734-1991; Marriages 1734-1839; Burials 1734-1915; Banns 1789-1816, 1823-86
      Parish Registers, or copies, for all or part of these dates are held at the NLW, SOG and/or Powys Archives.  
      Bishops Transcripts for various periods are held at the NLW  

    Cwm-bach Llechrhyd ecclesiastical parish formed out of Diserth parish in 1886-7, extant records are;

    • Baptisms 1886-1997; Marriages 1888-1997; Burials 1887-1992 (NLW and/or Powys Archives)

    Description & Travel

    You can see pictures of Diserth which are provided by:





    Cwmbach Llechryd War Memorial - on the Roll of Honour site

    Howey (Disserth) War Memorial - on the Roll of Honour site


    Land & Property

    Data on Archives Network Wales;

    • Dr John Griffiths Collection of Diserth and Llanfechain Deeds - Deeds and other documents, 1630-1886, relating mainly to the Powell family of Maesgwyn and to the parishes of Diserth, Llansanffraid-yn-Elfael, Llandegla and Glasgwm, Radnorshire, 1630-1886; and to properties of the Jones family of Bryncynfelyn in the parish of Llanfechain, 1651-1782.


    Kain, R.J.P., Oliver, R.R., Historic Parishes of England and Wales: an Electronic Map of Boundaries before 1850 with a Gazetteer and Metadata [computer file]. Colchester, Essex: History Data Service, UK Data Archive [distributor], 17 May 2001. SN: 4348. Here is a gazetteer/finding aid plus a set of overview maps to accurately identify the position of parishes within the county

    Family Search have an interactive map called "England and Wales Jurisdictions 1851" showing parish (and other) boundaries with optional background maps such as Ordnance Survey. There is also a Search facility, do read the guidance notes to get maximum benefit from this useful resource. See here for further background information to assist in the interpretation of this data

    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SO047560 (Lat/Lon: 52.194157, -3.395247), Diserth which are provided by:


    Public Records

    Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

    • Cwmbach Lechryd Parish Records  1877-1962     "Cwmbach Lechrhyd was created as a consolidated chapelry, out of the parishes of Diserth and Llanelwedd, in 1887."  
    • Disserth and Trecoed Parish and Community Council Records  1838-1999