Betws Gwerful Goch, Denbighshire Genealogy

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Betws Gwerful Goch parish church
Betws Gwerful Goch is a village, community and ecclesiastical parish, to the north of Corwen in Denbighshire in Wales. The village is part of the Edeirnion district and is situated on the banks of the Afon Alwen. It formed part of the ancient county of Merionethshire.

The name Betws Gwerful Goch translates into English as "oratory of Gwerful Goch". Gwerful Goch (Red-haired Gwerful) is believed to be the daughter of Cynan ab Owain Gwynedd and lived at the beginning of the 13th century.

The parish consisted of just one township, Pencraig and the parish church is dedicated to St Mary. Many of the early Betws Gwerful Goch parish registers often refer to a Betws y Coed but this is not the town of that name in Caernarfonshire. The "Betws y Coed" in Betws Gwerful Coch was later known as Llawrbetws or Glanrafon.

Before 1974 the village was in the historic county of Merionethshire and, between 1974 and 1996 in the Clwyd. In 1974 it became part of the modern county of Denbighshire

The area is predominantly Welsh-speaking.


Years County
before 31 March 1974 Merionethshire
1 April 1974 - 31 March 1996 Clwyd
from 1 April 1996 Denbighshire


Civil Records

Births, marriages and deaths in Betws Gwerful Goch will be recorded in the GRO indexes as:

Years Sub-district District Volumes
1 Jul 1837 - 30 Sep 1935 Gwyddelwern Corwen XXVII (1837-51)
11b (1852-1935)
1 Oct 1935 - 1974 Corwen Merioneth East 11b (1935-46)
8C (1946-74)

Church Records

Nonconformist Church Records


Census Records

The parish of Betws Gwerful Goch formed part of the Gwyddelwern sub-district of the Corwen Registrar's District.

Year Parts
1841 HO107/1428-1 folios 4 to 9
1851 HO107/2509 folios 122 to 129
1861 RG9/4309 folios 28 to 33
1871 RG10/5681 folios 51 to 56
1881 RG11/5538 folios 85 to 90
1891 RG12/4635 folios 83 to 87
1901 RG13/5246 folios 83 to 87

Poor Law Union Records

Betws Gwerful Goch formed part of the Corwen Union which was created on 13 December 1836 and the workhouse was built at Corwen, but not completed until April 1840.

The records for the Corwen Union are held at the Meirionnydd Record Office in Dolgellau.