St Dogmaels

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St Dogmaels
Part of the ruins of St Dogmaels Abbey
St Dogmaels is located in Pembrokeshire
St Dogmaels
St Dogmaels
Location within Pembrokeshire
Population 1,353 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference SN165459
  • 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
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]


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]


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]


An electoral ward of the same name exists, stretching to include the community of Nevern. The population taken at the 2011 census is 2,218.[8]

Shakespeare in St Dogmaels Abbey

A Shakespeare play is performed annually in the abbey during the summer since the first play was performed in 1987. The actors are both local and from all parts of Great Britain.[9]


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

See also


  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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