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St Dogmaels (Abbey)

also known as: St Dogmells; St Dogmels; St Dogmael's; St Dogfael

Order: Tironensian

St Dogmaels was founded as a priory by Robert fitz Martin, lord of Camain / Cemais. Shortly thereafter it was elevated to the status of an abbey.
The house was seemingly founded on the site of a pre-Conquest church, Llandodog (Llandudoch).show details of standing remains

Dedicated to: Virgin Mary Medieval Diocese: St David's
Affiliated to: Tiron, Normandy (mother-house); Caldey (daughter-house); Pill (daughter-house); Glascarreg, Wexford, Ireland (daughter-house)
Lordship at foundation: Camaes
Access: Public
Owned by: Cadw

Main events in the history of this site

c.1113Foundation - St Dogmaels was founded as a priory c. 1113 when Robert fitz Martin, lord of Cemais (W. Wales), granted the ancient church of St Dogmael to the Norman abbey of Tiron, to establish a monastery for a prior and twelve monks.  [2 sources]
1118Status - Permission was granted to raise the priory to the status of an abbey. [2 sources]
1120Change in status - St Dogmaels was elevated from a priory to an abbey. [1 source]
1138Plundered - The abbey was looted by mercenaries. [2 sources]
1150 -1157Building work - Extensive building work was undertaken. [1 source]
1188Hospitality - Gerald of Wales and Archbishop Baldwin stayed at the abbey during their preaching tour of Wales. [1 source]
1246Royal gift - Henry III granted the community twenty marks 'for the fabric of the church'. [1 source]
c.1291Wealth - According to the Taxatio the abbey was valued at £58 11s 4d. [2 sources]
1296Royal petition - The abbot and convent requested permission to receive rents in Cardigan. [2 sources][1 archive]
1318Clerical taxation - The abbot and convent complained of excessive taxation. [2 sources][1 archive]
1320Royal petition - The abbot and convent requested the king to confirm to them the church of Maenclochog. [1 source][1 archive]
c.1349Numbers - Numbers fell as a consequence of the Black Death. [1 source]
1402Visitation - The bishop of St David's conducted a visitation of the house. [1 source]
1504Visitation - The abbey was visited on 16 July.  [2 sources]
1534Numbers - In 1534 the community comprised an abbot (William Here) and eight monks who subscribed to the Act of Supremacy. [3 sources][1 archive]
c.1535Wealth - According to the Valor Ecclesiasticus the monastery had a net income of £87 8s 6d.
 [2 sources]
1537Dissolution - The house was dissolved on 24 February 1537 under the 1536 Act of Suppression. [5 sources]
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People associated with this site

Abbots of St Dogmaels

Henry III , king of England and lord of Ireland, and duke of Aquitaine (benefactor)

Robert fitz Martin , lord of Camain / Cemais (founder)

Walter of St Dogmaels , Abbot (abbot)

Bibliographical sources

24 Printed sources

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4 On-line sources

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Archival sources

The National Archives, 'Abbot and convent of St Dogmaels petition the king and council for relief from taxation', (Document), (View website)

Worcester Cathedral Library, 'Decretales (gloss)', (Document), (View website)

St Johns College, Cambridge, 'History of Eusebius; an account of attempted encroachments on the abbey and several documents', (Document), (View website)

The National Archives, 'Petition of the abbey and convent of St Dogmaels to the king', (Document), (View website)

The National Archives, 'Petition to Edward I by the abbot and convent of St Dogmaels', (Document), (View website)

The National Archives, 'Records of the Exchequer, Treasury of Receipt: Acknowledgements of Supremacy - St Dogmaels', (Document), (View website)

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Angel corbel, St Dogmael's Abbey

Angel corbel, St Dogmael's Abbey

Groundplan of St Dogmaels, Cadw, Welsh Government (Crown Copyright)

St Dogmael's Abbey

St Dogmael's Abbey

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Angel corbel, St Dogmael's Abbey, St Dogmael's Abbey

Pembrokeshire, OS Grid:SN1640445853
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