In 1868, the parish of Bettws contained the following places:
"BETTWS, a parish in the hundred of Newcastle, in the county of Glamorgan, South Wales, 4 miles to the N. of Bridgend, its post and union town. It is situated in a pleasant district on the banks of the river Ogmore, a branch of the Severn, with which it unites near the village. Coal is found here, and the neighbouring mines give employment to many of the workpeople. The living is a perpetual curacy annexed to the vicarage of Newcastle, in the diocese of Llandaff. The Unitarians have a chapel here. There are some small charities. The principal residence is Coytreherne, the seat of the Trehernes, standing on a hill side above the Ogmore, with beautiful wooded grounds and fine prospects. This village was the birthplace, in 1723, of Dr. Richard Price, the Nonconformist preacher and political writer during the American War and the French Revolution."