Bettws shown within Newport
|Population||8,278 (2001 census)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Postcode district||NP20 7|
|UK Parliament||Newport West|
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.
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.
In January 2012, Welsh comedian Rhod Gilbert filmed an episode of Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience at Monnow Primary School, in the heart of Bettws, where he became a primary school teacher.
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 Welsh Division Five East. Newport Civil Service F.C. are a football team located in Bettws playing in the Welsh Football League. Malpas Cricket Club is also situated on Bettws Lane in Bettws.
- Daily Telegraph Issue no 48,980 dated Saturday 17 November 2012 p12 "Scorer at cricket club polling booth untroubled by any of the 8,737 locals"