Records of Carneddi and Bethesda British Schools

Scope and Content

Comprises account books and reports etc of the Carneddi and Bethesda British Schools. 

  • Account book relating to Carneddi British School committee, 1873-1882, with details of subscribers, committee attendances, particulars about loans etc
  • Accounts of Carneddi School, 1873-1886
  • Bank books (2), Carneddi trustees, 1875-1883 and 1884-1890
  • Carneddi evening continuation school logbook, 1894-1900
  • Account book, Bethesda British School, 1892-1903
  • Annual reports, Bethesda British School, 1863-1905
  • Minute book relating to Bethesda British School congress, 1854-1889

Administrative / Biographical History

Carneddi and Bethesda British Schools in Caernarfonshire, north Wales were part of the British and Foreign School movement which began with the founding of the British and Foreign School Society in 1814. This aimed to establish elementary schools with a non-denominational ethos as the existing National School system was associated with the Established Church. Hugh Owen (1804-1881) of Llangeinwen, Anglesey campaigned for the setting up of British Schools in Wales to meet the needs of children from non-conformist backgrounds who it was felt were not being catered for by the National Schools which taught Established Church doctrine. On August 26, 1843, he published a letter to the people of Wales strongly advocating the necessity for day schools. In November 1843, he was responsible for the appointment of a North Wales agent for the British and Foreign Schools Society and, later, another one for South Wales.


Material is arranged in chronological order and incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts .

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Description compiled by Anne Lenaghan, July 2002.

Other Finding Aids

Item level word-processed list is available at the Archives Department, University of Wales, Bangor. Reference numbers: General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts: 821-827, 1216

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