TRELECH AR BETTWS

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Trelech Ar Bettws, Parish Church

Ordnance Survey Map Reference : SN305271

Parish Registers : Carmarthenshire Record Office

Baptisms 1663 - 1896
Marriages 1663 - 1970
Burials 1763 - 1886

Bishops Transcripts : National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
1678-87, 1690, 1693-1703, 1705, 1707-08, 1710-11, 1715, 1717-18,
1720-22, 1724-62, 1764-72, 1774-78, 1780-81, 1783-90, 1792-97
1802-08, 1810-14, 1816-77.

Treleach a'r Bettws or Trelech, Carmarthenshire

Treleach-a'r-Bettws or Trelech, a village and a parish in Carmarthenshire. The village is 4 1/4 miles W of Conwil station on the Carmarthen and Cardigan branch of the G.W.R., and 8 S of Newcastle Emlyn. It has a post office under Cardigan; money order office, Llanfyrnach; telegraph office, Newcastle Emlyn. The parish comprises 11,580 acres; population, 1322. Crug-Edeym Cairn is 210 feet in circuit and 180 feet high. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of St David's; net value, £154 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of St David's. The church is dedicated to St Teilo. There are Congregational, Calvinistic Methodist, and Baptist chapels.

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


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Capel y Graig, Trelech
The plaque reads: Eglwys Annibynnol Capel y Graig Trelech sefydlwyd 1670 (Independent Church of Capel y Graig founded 1670). The chapel was evidently rebuilt in the 18C or 19C. The colouring of the windows is due to blinds rather than stained glass
Capel y Graig, Trelech

Bettws Chapel, Trelech a'r Bettws

The footpath to Bettws Chapel begins with a rather overgrown stone stile in the hedge on the side road from Llanwinio and Felindre to Groesffordd. The path is passable past Treparcau and (with difficulty) along a hollow way past Plasparke. Walking this area on my own, I followed it as far as Capel Bettws, but then it went down a precipitous slope and lost itself in the woods.

Capel Bettws is now a dangerous ruin with no public access, but it was obviously an important church in its heyday. There is a squint leading from the north aisle to the chancel which would have allowed worshippers in a crowded church to see the high altar. There may even have been a side altar with a chantry priest: the squint would have enabled him to time his prayers so that they coincided with the rites at the high altar. However, the chapel is only 2 miles from the mother church at Tre-lech and services were discontinued in 1710. CADW has taken an interest in the site but so far nothing has been done to stabilise or consolidate the ruins.

 

 

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