St Dogmaels

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St Dogmaels
Part of St Dogmaels Abbey ruins
St Dogmaels is located in Pembrokeshire
St Dogmaels
St Dogmaels
St Dogmaels shown within Pembrokeshire
Population 1,353 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference SN165459
Principal area
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Cardigan
Postcode district SA43 3
Dialling code 01239
Police Dyfed-Powys
Fire Mid and West Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
List of places
52°05′N 4°41′W / 52.08°N 4.68°W / 52.08; -4.68Coordinates: 52°05′N 4°41′W / 52.08°N 4.68°W / 52.08; -4.68
Another view of the abbey ruins
The Teifi estuary at St Dogmaels, with Gwbert in the background

St Dogmaels (Welsh: Llandudoch) is a village, parish 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.[2]


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 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.[3]

In 2006 the village won the Wales Calor Village of the Year competition after beating Trefriw in the final.[4]


An electoral ward in the same name exists. This ward stretches to the community of Nevern with a total population taken at the 2011 census of 2,218.[5]

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.


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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Community population 2011". Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  2. ^ St Dogmaels - A sense of place
  3. ^ Owen, George, The Description of Penbrokshire by George Owen of Henllys Lord of Kemes, Henry Owen (Ed), London, 1892
  4. ^ Calor Village of the Year
  5. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 21 April 2015. 

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