Place:Bettws, Monmouthshire, Wales

Alt namesBetwssource: alternate spelling
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish, Community
Coordinates51.609°N 3.028°W
Located inMonmouthshire, Wales     ( - 1974)
Also located inGwent, Wales     (1974 - 1996)
Newport (principal area), Wales     (1996 - )
See alsoGwynllwg Commute, Monmouthshire, Walescommute in which it was located
Wentloog Hundred, Monmouthshire, Waleshundred in which it was located
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Bettws (Welsh: Betws) is now an electoral ward and coterminous community (parish) of the City of Newport, South Wales. It is one of the largest modern housing estates in Europe and had a population of 7,606 at the UK census of 2011. The ward is bounded by Malpas to the east, the city boundary with Torfaen to the north, the parish of Rogerstone to the west, and the M4 motorway and the suburb of Allt-yr-yn to the south.

The estate was built around the 17th St. David's church in Bettws, which is the likely origin of the name 'Bettws', a place of prayer or private chapel. St David's is a grade two listed building and is currently in need of a £40,000 renovation. John Frost, who led Chartist protests in Newport for universal suffrage in the 1830s (the Newport Rising), is alleged to have married at the church.

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Betwys from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"BETTWS, a parish in Newport district, Monmouth; on the Crumlin canal, near the Avon-Ilwyd railway, 2½ miles NW of Newport. Post Town: Newport, Monmouth. Acres: 1,132. Real property: £1,236. Population: 84. Houses: 15. The property is divided among a few. The living is a [perpetual] curacy annexed to St. Woollas-Newport, in the diocese of Llandaff. The church is bad."

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