St Dogmaels

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St Dogmaels
StDogmaelsAbbey.jpg
Part of the ruins of St Dogmaels Abbey
St Dogmaels is located in Pembrokeshire
St Dogmaels
St Dogmaels
St Dogmaels shown within Pembrokeshire
Population 1,353 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference SN165459
Community
  • St Dogmaels
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CARDIGAN
Postcode district SA43
Dialling code 01239
Police Dyfed-Powys
Fire Mid and West Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
List of places
UK
Wales
Pembrokeshire
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[2] 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 north of the village, further along the estuary, lies Poppit Sands beach. The parish includes the small settlement of Cippyn, south of Cemaes Head.[3]

Name

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 Dogfael (Dogmael), with ‘mael’ (prince) and ‘tud’ (land or people of) being added to Dog/doch as in Dog mael and Tud doch.[4]

History

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 is the parish church (Church in Wales) of St Thomas, 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.[5]

In the 1830s, the parish's population was 2,109.[6] In 1832, boundary changes meant that a part of Pembrokeshire, including a part of St Dogmaels, was included in Cardiganshire. This was reversed by the Welsh Assembly in 2002.[2]

In 2006 the village won the Wales Calor Village of the Year competition after beating Trefriw in the final.[7]

Governance

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.[8]

The Abbey Shakespeare Plays

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.[9]

Twinning

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

See also

References

  1. ^ "Community population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "GENUKI St Dogmaels". Retrieved 16 March 2018. 
  3. ^ "Dyfed Archaeology Trust: Cippyn". Retrieved 16 March 2018. 
  4. ^ St Dogmaels - A sense of place
  5. ^ Owen, George, The Description of Penbrokshire by George Owen of Henllys Lord of Kemes, Henry Owen (Ed), London, 1892
  6. ^ S, Lewis (1833). A Topographical Dictionary of Wales. 
  7. ^ Calor Village of the Year Archived 2006-12-07 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  9. ^ "Abbey Shakespeare Players: Shakespeare in St Dogmaels Abbey". Retrieved 16 March 2018. 

External links

  • Historical information and sources on GENUKI
  • Village website
  • Abbey Shakespeare Players
  • Photographs of St Dogmaels and surrounding area on Geograph
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