Bettws, Newport

Bettws (Welsh: Betws) is a large modern housing estate, electoral ward and coterminous community (parish) of the city of Newport, South Wales.

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Parish church of St David
Bettws is located in Newport
Location within Newport
Population7,606 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid referenceST289905
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtNP20 7
Dialling code01633
Chartist exchange
FireSouth Wales
UK Parliament
List of places
51°36′32″N 3°01′41″W / 51.609°N 03.028°W / 51.609; -03.028Coordinates: 51°36′32″N 3°01′41″W / 51.609°N 03.028°W / 51.609; -03.028


The name of the village comes from the Middle English word bedhus, meaning "prayer house", which became betws in Welsh.[2]


The housing estate was built in the 1960s, and the large majority of houses are identical in plan and design. The roads in the estate are all named after rivers. 51.8% of housing is privately owned, and 42.6% is rented from either the Newport City Council or local housing associations, such as Charter Housing. Bettws has Europe's second largest council estate.[3] In 2009 Newport City Council transferred ownership of their social housing and most of the land they owned in the area to Newport City Homes, a housing association.

The estate was built around the 17th-century parish church of St David in Bettws, which is the likely origin of the name 'Bettws', a place of prayer or private chapel.[citation needed] St David's is a grade two listed building and is currently in need of a £40,000 renovation.[citation needed] John Frost, who led Chartist protests in Newport for universal suffrage in the 1830s (the Newport Rising), is alleged to have married Mary Geach at the church.[3]

The ward is bounded by Malpas to the east, the city boundary with Torfaen to the north, Rogerstone to the west, and the M4 motorway and Allt-yr-yn to the south.

Sport and LeisureEdit

In recent years it has benefited greatly from the introduction of sporting facilities such as new football pitches. Bettws RFC is a rugby union team playing in the WRU Division Five East. Malpas Civil Service F.C. is a football team located in Bettws playing in the Gwent County Football League, Division 1. Malpas Cricket Club is also situated on Bettws Lane in Bettws.[citation needed]


In the 2012 Police and Crime Commissioner election, held on 15 November 2012, a polling station at Malpas Cricket Club recorded no votes from the 8,737 voters.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Newport ward 2011". Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  2. ^ Welsh Place Names Dictionary
  3. ^ a b c Millward, David (17 November 2012). "Bettws – where nobody is interested in the police". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 3 July 2019.

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