Bettws Cedewain

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Welsh: Betws Cedewain
St Beunos Church, Bettws Cedewain (geograph 1848914).jpg
St Beunos Church
Grid reference: SO122967
Location: 52°33’40"N, 3°17’42"W
Population: 425
Post town: Newtown
Postcode: SY16
Dialling code: 01691
Local Government
Council: Powys

Bettws Cedewain also known as Bettws Cedewen, is a small village and parish in Montgomeryshire. It lies in a sheltered valley on the banks of the Bechan Brook, some three miles north of Newtown.

A wooden motte-and-bailey castle appears to have existed there at one time. The site was also possibly previously used by Roman soldiers, and an ancient church was founded there by Saint Beuno in the 6th century.

Bettws Cedewain's grade II* listed St Bueno's church, which was the location of the village's first schoolroom, contains possibly the only pre-Reformation memorial brass in the county, dedicated to the Reverend John ap Meredyth for his work in planning and building the tower.

Until 1914, most properties in the village belonged to the Gregynog estate.

Bettws Hall is a local venue for game bird shoots.

The first element in the name of the village is from the Middle English word bedhus, meaning "prayer house", which became betws in the Welsh language.[1] Cedewain is the name of the mediæval land division, or cantref, in which the village is situated.


  1. Welsh Place Names Dictionary

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