BETTWS Y COED, an urban district of Carnarvonshire, North Wales, 4 m.
The words "y coed" are added to distinguish this Bettws from several others in Wales, especially that near Llandeilo Fawr, Carmarthenshire, not far from the Bettws hills.
Bettws y coed is a favourite village for artists and tourists.
The road from Bettws y coed, past the Swallow Falls to Capel Curig, and thence to Llanberis and Carnarvon, is very interesting, grand and lonely.
The remnant of priests fled thither (after the great massacre of Bangor-is-coed in 613, by Ethelf ride of Northumbria) by the road of the Rivals (Yn Eifl) hill, S.
Bettws, a corrupt form of the English " bead-house," or possibly of the Latin " beatus " - Bettws-y-coed, Bettws Ifan.
Coed, a wood - Coedmawr, Penycoed.
Near Wrexham, but in a detached portion of Flintshire, to the S.E., is Bangor-is-coed (Bangor yn Maelor), the site of the most ancient monastery in the kingdom, founded before r80; some 1200 monks were slain here by IEthelfrith of Northumbria, who also spoiled the monastery.
Bangor-is-coed was probably Antoninus's Bovium, and the Banchorium of Richard of Cirencester.