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Llanddoged is a small village which lies in the hills a little over a mile to the north of Llanrwst, in Conwy county borough, Wales. The village itself has a small population, with a surrounding rural farming community. Most of the population are Welsh speakers.[1] Llanddoged shares its community council with the rural community of Maenan. Llanddoged has two small hamlets attached to it - Groesffordd and Tan-Lan. Groesffordd has a motor repair garage known as 'Garej Groesffordd'. Tan-lan was known for its notorious bends on the A470 where, prior to road improvements, many road traffic collisions had occurred. Tan-lan is also home to an Environment Agency Wales depot.


It has a primary school, Ysgol Llanddoged. Education is delivered through the medium of Welsh. Most of the children at the school are from Llanddoged or Maenan. The school also acts as a community centre. The youth club 'Clwb Ieuenctid Llanddoged' meets at the school hall. Other organisations such as 'Merched y Wawr' and the Women's Institutes also meet here.

The village enjoys amazing views on the many paths that cross around it.

Llanddoged also has a small playground park and playing field, known as 'Cae Cetyn'.

The parish church is called Eglwys St Doged, after whom the village is named. The church is part of the diocese of St Asaph within the Church in Wales. Services are conducted Bilingually every Sunday form 9:30 to 10:30.

Ras Fawr Llanddoged[edit]

Every year the village is host to 'Ras fawr Llanddoged' (Welsh for: Llanddoged's Great Race). The race is run over a vigorous 10 km, mostly uphill, course. Approximately 60 people race each year. The race was started by the late Arfon Jones, Ffrith Galed. More information can be found here: rasfawrllanddoged.co.uk/haneshisory [2]


The church is an original church from the 1800s. It is open to visitors and inside is still in the original layout, with a big seating box for each rich family and then seats for their servants behind. Some old house names can still be seen on the doors. The area across the isle was for the village people to sit. The church is different to others of this time as it has three pews above each other, much like a chapel. The altar is at the front of the church, in front of the village seating, but diagonally to the families with their own seating boxes. An old well can be seen behind the church and stories say that St. Doged would use water from the well to heal his visitors. The church originally had 12 trees planted around it to signify the 12 disciples and then Jesus in the middle. Unfortunately, now there is only 10 trees standing around the church.

A Roman road passes close to Llanddoged, indicated by the nearby place-name: 'Sarn Ddu' shown on the map as the name of the local sewage works. Sarn, which means causeway in Welsh, has been commonly used to name Roman roads such as Sarn Helen, also in Roman Wales. Sarn is also used to indicate defences against water (flood, tide) where these, like Roman roads, involve significant built-up lines of layers of stones was not a causeway for defence against water.

A possible route on which this may stand is a NNW-SSE road starting close to the edge of the east bank of Afon Conwy, just SE of the Tan-yr-Allt building in Coed Bortho, facing the confirmed Roman fort at Caerhun, suggesting this road may have been to a Ferry or ford. It may have run SSE via Sarn Ddu towards Nebo, & the A5, but this is still being researched. Another possible route is a WSW-ENE road the route of which may run close to the nearby Caer Faban, another unconfirmed possible Roman site, in which case Llanddoged / Sarn Ddu may stand in the vicinity of Roman crossroads.

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Coordinates: 53°09′25″N 3°47′14″W / 53.15700°N 3.78713°W / 53.15700; -3.78713