St Dogmaels

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Part of the remains of St Dogmaels Abbey
Another view of the abbey
The Teifi estuary at St. Dogmaels, with Gwbert in the background

St Dogmaels (Welsh: Llandudoch) is a village and community in Pembrokeshire, Wales, on the estuary of the River Teifi, a mile downstream from the town of Cardigan in neighbouring Ceredigion. A little to the west of the village, further along the estuary, lies Poppit Sands beach.

The English and Welsh names seem to bear no similarity, but it has been suggested that possibly both names refer to the same saint or founder, with ‘mael’ (prince) and ‘tud’ (land or people of) being added to Dog/doch as in Dog mael and Tud doch.[1]

The village contains the remains of a 12th-century Tironian abbey, which was in its day one of the richer monastic institutions in Wales. Adjacent to the abbey ruins lies the Anglican St. Thomas parish church, which appears successively to have occupied at least three sites close to or within the abbey buildings The present building is a respectable minor Victorian edifice and contains as the Ogam Sagranus stone. St. Dogmael's was once a marcher borough. George Owen of Henllys, in 1603, described it as one of five Pembrokeshire boroughs overseen by a portreeve.[2]

In 2006 the village won the Wales Calor Village of the Year competition after beating Trefriw in the final.[3]

St Dogmaels is twinned with the village of Trédarzec in Côtes-d'Armor, Brittany.

The Abbey Shakespeare Plays[edit]

Plays by Shakespeare are performed annually in the abbey in the summer months. Some of the actors are from the local area, others come from all over Great Britain and return regularly.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ St Dogmaels - A sense of place
  2. ^ Owen, George, The Description of Penbrokshire by George Owen of Henllys Lord of Kemes, Henry Owen (Ed), London, 1892
  3. ^ Calor Village of the Year

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Coordinates: 52°04′51″N 4°40′43″W / 52.08083°N 4.67861°W / 52.08083; -4.67861