St Dogmaels (Llandudoch), Abbey & Village
A small village on the River Teifi
(Photos © urban75, June 2009)
Veritably overflowing with history, St Dogmaels is an attractive village above the River Teifi, a mile or so west of Cardigan.
Y Felin, an early 19th century mill, can still be seen working in the village.
The mill is open to the public and you can check out the water wheel in action. I was mesmerised by the thing!
Inside the mill shop.
Bucket by the village pond.
Stone house name.
Attractively painted houses north of St Dogmaels.
Occupying the site of a pre-Norman monastery, the Tironian (Benedictine) abbey of St Dogmaels was established by Robert FitzMartin as a priory in 1113.
It was 'upgraded' to abbey status in 1120 with the monks following an austere, no-party life based on the rule of St Benedict.
The surviving ruins - and there's quite a lot of them - have been altered and fiddled about with over the centuries.
Clever folks who know about these sorts of things will recognise the 12th century parts of the church and cloister and spot the 14th-century ballflower ornament on the north doorway.
Check out this site for a full history of the Abbey.
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