Bleddfa is a parish in the county of Radnorshire, Wales

Parish church: St Mary

Parish registers begin: 1608

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Primitive Methodist

Parishes near to Bleddfa

  • Llanfihangel Rhydieithon
  • Cascob
  • Pilleth
  • Llangunllo
  • Llanddewi-yn-Hwytyn
  • Llanddewi-yn-Heiob
  • Knighton

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BLEDDFA, or Blethvaugh, a parish in Knighton district, Radnor; on the river Lug and in Radnor forest, 5 miles SW of Knighton r. station Post Town, Knighton, Radnorshire. Acres, 2,740. Real property, £2,473. Pop, 250. Houses, 46. The surface is hilly, and to a considerable extent waste. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St. David’s. Value, £181. Patron, the Bishop of St. David’s. The church is tolerable.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

The Parliamentary Gazetteer 1851

Bledd-Fa, or Blethvaugh, a parish in the hund. of Kevenlleece, union of Knighton, county of Radnor, South Wales, in the forest of the same name; 6 miles south-west by south of Knighton. Living, a rectory in the archd. of Brecon and dio. of St. David’s; valued at £10 12s. 3d., and in the parliamentary returns at £150; gross income £190; in the patronage of the bishop of St. David’s. There is a daily school in this parish. Pop., in 1801, 201 ; in 1831, 233. Houses 41. A. P. £1,171. Poor rates, in 1837, £188.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.

A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1842

Blethva (Bleddva), a parish, in the union of Knighton, partly in the hundred of Kevenlleece, and partly in that of Knighton, county of Radnor, South Wales, 6½ miles (W. S. W.) from Knighton; containing 233 inhabitants. This parish is situated within the boundaries of the forest of Blethva, and near the river Lug, and is intersected by the high roads from Knighton in this county, and from Builth, in the county of Brecknock, to Newtown in Montgomeryshire. Its aspect is barren and uninviting: a great part of it being little better than a dreary unproductive waste. Agriculture is here in a rude state; the mountains, however, afford pasturage for large flocks of sheep. The petty sessions for the hundred are occasionally held here. The living is a rectory, rated in the king’s books at £10. 12. 1.; present net income, £181; patron, Bishop of St. David’s. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, is a large structure, consisting of a nave and chancel, but without any claim to architectural notice. In this parish is a day school of about 20 children of both sexes, who are instructed at the expense of their parents. The total expenditure of the parochial rates for the year ending March 25th, 1837, amounted to £189, of which £137 was for the relief of the poor, and £52 towards county rates.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis Third Edition Published London; by S. Lewis and Co., 87, Hatton Garden. MDCCCXLII.

Parish Records

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Parish Registers

Baptisms, marriages, burials 1603-1686 

Baptisms, marriages, burials 1719-1774 

Baptisms, marriages, burials 1775-1795 

Baptisms, burials 1801-1811 

Baptisms 1813-1986 

Burials 1813-1984 

Marriages 1813-1837 

Marriages 1838-1969 

Banns 1824-1983 

Burial related records – mainly certificates for burial/cremation

Mary Minton, district of Llanbister 15 Aug 1872 

John Morgan, Gate House, district of Llanbister 19 Jun 1928 

John Price, Piggledy, Belddfa 23 Nov 1929 

Matilda Ann Morgan, Offa’s Lodge, Knighton 26 Apr 1932 

Thomas James, Wern Cottage, Pilleth 16 Jan 1934 

Lewis Mills, Scottleton Street, Presteigne 12 Mar 1934 

Louisa May Mills, Offa’s Lodge, Knighton 19 Apr 1934 

William Woosnam, Fishpools, Bleddfa 23 Feb 1935 

George Deakins, Hill House, Bleddfa 12 May 1938 

Mary Lewis, Green House, Bleddfa 29 May 1938 

John Duggan died at Royal Salop Infirmary 25 Apr 1946 

Mary Williams, Green Street, Llangunllo 9 Jun 1946 

Aaron Jones, Yew Tree, Bleddfa 16 Nov 1946 

George Lewis, Green house, Bleddfa 7 Jun 1948 

Mary Ann Deakins, Hill House, Bleddfa 1 Apr 1949 

John Thomas Stokes, 37 Barnwood Road, Glou. 24 Nov 1950 

John Jones, Stud Farm, Bleddfa 12 May 1951 

Annie Mason, Studd Farm, Bleddfa 2 Jun 1954

Frank Beddoes, Nantlleach, Llanbadarn Fawr 8 Apr 1954 

Margaret Jane Powell died at The Hospital, Cefnllys, Llandrindod

Wells 21 Feb 1956 

Annie Elizabeth Jane Davies, Treburvaugh Lodge, Knighton 27 Feb 1963 

Elizabeth Mary Joseph died at Knighton Hospital, Ffrydd Road,

Knighton 25 Aug 1962 

Mary Elizabeth Duggan, Pentreland, Bleddfa 15 May 1958 

Francis Edwin Trott? Died at Royal Salop Infirmary, Shrewsbury, 11 Dec 1956 

John Charles Powell, The Hospital, Cefnllys, Llandrindod Wells. 12 Mar 1956 

Edwin Joseph, Lower Hivran, Bleddfa 9 Mar 1956 

John Williams, The Old Rectory, Bleddfa 5 Nov 1968 

William Crowther Mason, Glynteg, Stapleton, Kington 31 Dec 1969 

Mary Elizabeth Williams died at Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital,
Shrewsbury 17 Nov 1963 

Ernest Theodore Duggan, 1 White House, Broad Street, Presteigne 19 Jan 1982 

Susan Mildred Mason died at County Hospital, Hereford. 14 Aug 1983 

Certificates of Registry of Death

Elizabeth Edwards of the district of Clun, Salop 24 Aug 1868 

William Evans of Cae-yew, Bleddfa 29 Mar 1892 

John Brinley Richards of the Rectory, Bleddfa 11 May 1892 

James Mills of Hundred house, Bleddfa 13 Jul 1892 

Albert Harrison of Forest Fach 24 Nov 1896 

Evan Woosnam of Lower Fishpools, Bleddfa 25 Nov 1898 

Mary Downes of New Radnor 4 Mar 1899 

James Boadell/Boadeu of the Rectory, Bleddfa 14 Jul 1899 

Margaret Hope of Wegnall Mill 12 Aug 1899 

John Athelstan Lloyd of The Huts, Bleddfa 14 May 1900 

Cecil Stanley Broukman of The Stud Farm 19 Sep 1906 

Alice Thomas of the Fron, Cregrina, Builth Wells 18 Jan 1908 

William Whittall of Church Street, Presteigne 22 Mar 1910 

Jane Stokes of Cwm Villa, parish of Llanfihangel 2 Aug 1912 

Alice Janie/Janice Williams of Hundred House, Bleddfa 10 Jan 1913 

Martha Powell of San Remo, Wellington Road, Llandrindod

Wells, U. D. 5 Mar 1924 

John Evans of Park Cottage, Knucklas, Beguildy 8 Jul 1924

George Lloyd Powell of Scottleton Street, Presteigne 6 Mar 1925 

Mary Ethel Jackett of Clunwere rectory, Clunwere, Narberth R. D. 17 Nov 1925 

Edward Williams of Cwmygerwin Cascob 30 Sep 1926 

James John Deakins who died at County Hospital, Hereford 30 Oct 1984? 

Coroner’s Order for Burial Dora Adelaide Bufton of Nursery View, Cwmygerwyn, Bleddfa 30 Nov 1932 

Coroner’s Order for Burial Richard Gerald Phillips, Gatehouse, Bleddfa  2 Jul 1952 

Burial of a still-born child M[rs]? Francis E Williams of Caneycrwin? [Cwmygerwin?] Delivered on 15 Mar 1916 

Burial of a still-born child Mrs Ruff of Glogue Cottage, Monaughty Delivered on 29 Aug 1919 

Vestry Minutes

Vestry book 1766-1829 

Volume containing an annual record of the appointment of churchwardens and overseers of the poor, 1787-1893, with some vestry minutes, 1866-1894, concerning the site of the new school (1871, 1876-1877), the recreation ground, etc. 1787-1894 

Overseers’ of the Poor

Removal and Settlement

Evan Price was born in the parish of Cwm y toyder. 10 or 12 years ago he lived as a hired servant to Thomas Meredith, Wern, Vaynor, Nantmel for 2 whole years. He was with Edward Jones, Brin?vah for the greater part of the next year. Next year he hired himself to John Phillips of Llandegley after Penybont Fair the 1st. day of May. Served this John until the following Knighton Fair 6th. of May. The following but one year he hired himself to Henry Evans of Llangunllo. In the next year following he married Margaret his present wife by whom he has two sons Edward aged 8 yrs. and upwards and William aged 5 yrs. And upwards. The year after Llandegley he served John Whittal of the Dolley in the parish of Llanfihangel Rhydithon. 28 Jan 1789 

William Williams/Gwilliam? blacksmith now resident in the parish of Blethvaugh was born in the county of Colva. He is the son of John Williams blacksmith by Margaret his wife who now live in the parish of Newchurch. He has a wife Hannah Gwillim and a son 2 months old. 21 Dec 1789 

Jeremiah Lewis now resident in the parish of Blethvagh. Three years ago at May next he was married to his present wife Anne by whom he has one son 18 months old called Richard. 6 years proceeding his marriage he lived as a hired servant with Thomas Gallier at Stapleton Castle in the parish of Presteigne, co of Hereford. 21 Dec 1789 

John Bostock now resident in the parish of Blethvagh at or before Knighton Fair May 1788 he hired himself as a servant with Peter Edwards of Cascob, farmer for one year. He has a wife named Anne and one daughter named Mary about 7 months old. 21 Dec 1789 

John Jenkins now resident in the parish of Blethvagh 12 years ago he lived with Evan Williams of Crossconon, Llanbister gent for one whole year. Since he was hired with John Edwards of the Noyadd, Blethvagh from the morrow after Knighton Fair, until the following Knighton Fair. He has a wife names Sarah and 2 children, Anne aged 5 yrs upwards and Thomas aged 2 yrs. 21 Dec 1789 

Thomas Davies now resident in the parish of Blethvaugh 7 yrs ago he lived as a hired servant as a footman? with John Lewis of Harpton Esq. Old Radnor for 1 yr and 10 months. Since worked as his trade as a carpenter. About 2 yrs ago he married his present wife Anne by whom he ahs no children. 21 Dec 1789 

Richard Cadman/Cadmer now resident in the parish of Blethvaugh, weaver. He is the son of Richard Cadmer late of Llandewy Ystradenny by Margaret his wife. His father was a Certificate Man with the parish of Llandewy from Llanidloes, co Montgomery, and relieved by this parish of Llanidloes and Llandewy till he died there about 15 yrs. ago. He has a wife named Mary and children Benjamin aged about 20 yrs. John aged about 18 yrs. and Mary about 13 yrs. 21 Dec 1789 

Samuel Davies now resident in the parish of Blethvaugh son of William Davies by Mary his wife in the parish of Hopesay, co of Salop where his father resided under a certificate from the parish of Clunbury. He has a wife named Priscilla but no child. 21 Dec 1789 

John Prosser now resident in the parish of Blethvaugh about 17 yrs ago lived as a servant with Thomas Price of Llanshay, Knighton for one whole yr. and upwards. He has a wife named Anne and 5 children, William aged about 17 yrs. Mary aged about 13, George aged about 9 yrs. Susannah aged aboput 7 yrs and Jane aged about 4 yrs. 21 Dec 1789 

David Watkins now resident in the parish of Blethvaugh is 25 yrs of age, and that about 9 yrs ago he was married at Lingen, co Hereford to Sarah Smith of Lingen and then left his father’s family. His father at that time rented a farm called Briery Hill and other lands in the parish of Lingen. His said wife Sarah is since dead and he married about 3 yrs. ago in Knighton to Jane Edwards. He has no children living by either of the said wives.  8 Mar 1796 

Richard Hamer now resident in the parish of Blethvaugh is 27 yrs of age and that at Knighton Fair 1794 he was hired to Richard Thomas of Kevonsuran, parish of Llangunllo for 2 yrs. He married Aug ? 1795 at Blethvaugh Church his present wife Martha by whom he has one child named Elizabeth aged about 18 months. 9 Jun 1797 

William Botwood now resident in the parish of Blethvaugh, carpenter 54 yrs or there abouts born in the parish of Llangunllo. His father was a parishioner of Llangunllo by renting the Bridgend Estate. His father had been relieved by the overseers of Llangunllo and died about 2 yrs. since. 9 Jun 1797 ?

John Lloyd the younger now resident in the parish of Blethvaugh labourer 39 yrs. or thereabouts that at Knighton Fair 1785 he was hired by the year to Richard Oakes of Eaton, parish of Aymestry, co of Hereford farmer and cont. to Knighton Fair 1786. He has a wife named Hannah and 4 children, Edward aged 9 yrs., john aged 6 yrs, William aged 4 yrs and Sarah 10 months. 9 Jun 1797 

Edward Williams now resident in the parish of Blethvaugh labourer aged 35 yrs or thereabouts a fortnight after Knighton May Fair 1782 he was hired to John Thomas of the Parck, parish of Llanbister, farmer for one yr. and continued for a fortnight in the 2nd. yr till he quitted because of the death of his father. His father rented a farm at Cwmygaist, parish of Llanbister which he went to look after till Lady day 1784. 14 yrs. ago he married his present wife Sarah in the parish church of Llanbister by whom he has 5 children living, Ffrancis aged 13, Edward aged 9 yrs, Elizabeth aged 7 yrs, Mary aged 4 yrs and Evan aged 3 months. 9 Jun 1797 

James Rees now resident in the parish of Blethvaugh labourer, 26 yrs or thereabouts that at Knighton May Fair 1791 he was hired to John Edward of the township of Litton, parish of Presteigne farmer. He married his present wife Mary at the parish church of Dorstone, co of Hereford in the month of May 1794 by whom he has 2 children, John aged 2 yrs. and James aged 2 months or thereabouts. 9 Jun 1797 

Thomas Archer now resident in the parish of Blethvaugh labourer aged 54 yrs that at Knighton Fair 1773 he was hired as a servant to Thomas Price, miller who then resided at Boultibrook Mill in the parish of Norton. That 19 yrs ? 8th of Feb. last he married his present wife at the parish church of Yarpole. Co of Hereford by whom he has 4 children, James aged 18 yrs, Thomas aged 15 yrs, John aged 10 yrs and Elizabeth 2 yrs. 9 Jun 1797 

William Jones now resident in the parish of Blethvaugh taylor he is of the age of 28. He has heard and believes that he born at Seddycott, parish of Shobdon, co of Hereford. He went to Blethvaugh Mill for about 5 yrs. then he went to his father at Knucklas in the parish of Beguildy. That 2 yrs ago last May he was married to his present wife Rebecka at the parish church of Blethvaugh by whom he has one child living mary aged 1 yr and 3 quarters. 16 Jul 1805 

[paper ripped] Young David blacksmith. He was informed he was born in the parish of Clun, co of Salop where his father had the trade of blacksmith. Afterwards his father removed to Cascob, then with his family to Blethvaugh. He married about 7 and half yrs. ago. His father told him that before he married his mother that he lived as a hired servant with Hugh Lewis, parish of Llanbadarn Vawr, in this county for 3 yrs. and that this parish was his place of settlement. No date

[paper ripped] Reece Powel. He was informed that he was born in the parish of Kevenlys, Radnor in which parish his father Richard Powel dwelt by virtue of a certificate given by the officers of the parish of Llanvihangel pomeybean in the county of Brecknock. That his father afterwards moved to the parish of Disserth, Radnor where he rented a tenement. No date

[paper ripped] Thomas Faulkener now resident in the parish of Blethvaugh labourer age of 60 yrs or thereabout. At Knighton Fair he then being a widower hired for one year to William Price of Presteigne, Radnor Gent. When he was hired to Mr. William Price he had 2 children, Ann aged 24? And Thomas aged 20? – wife Elizabeth of Presteigne – [parts missing]  No date

The lawful settlement of William Davies labourer, Margaret his wife, John and William their sons to be Blethvaugh. The family to be moved from Knighton. March 1822 

The lawful settlement of Margaret Bound is Blethvah. Therefore she is to be moved from Knighton. Apr 23

Thomas Stokes, labourer of The Glogue to be examined regarding the place of his legal settlement. 24 Dec 1810? 

Settlement of Edward Draper, Miller and Catherine his wife. Settlement to Rhulen 1724 


Miscellaneous loose papers Mainly C20 


Kellys Directory of South Wales 1920

Photographs of Bleddfa



  • County: Radnorshire / Powys
  • Civil Registration District:
  • Diocese: St. David; Swansea and Brecon
  • Rural Deanery: Melineth Sub-ithon
  • Poor Law Union: Knighton
  • Hundred: Cefnllys and Knighton
  • Province: Canterbury
  • Petty Sessional Division: Knighton
  • Couty court District: Knighton

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