St Dogmaels (Llandudoch in Welsh) is a large village on the southern side of the River Teifi about one mile downstream from Cardigan. It comes under St.Dogmaels Community Council and the community area extends along the shore of the Teifi estuary to the sea and includes the hamlets of Cippyn and Poppit Sands. The physical form of St Dogmaels village could be likened to an amphitheatre with the river as its stage and the houses as its audience perched on a semi-circle of hillsides rising steeply from the riverbank. It is a spectacular setting and the river is seen as an important part of its heritage. Near the village centre stand the ruins of a Norman abbey and, adjoining these, are a mill pond teeming with ducks, a working watermill and the parish church. Beyond the abbey, undeveloped glebeland provides a rural heart to the village. The High Street sweeps uphill in a continuous curve and includes a number of elegant dwelling houses. The boundary of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is about one mile from the village. The village has three public houses with a fourth at Poppit Sands, and all serve meals. In addition there are a restaurant, a tea-room, a fish and chip shop with dining area and, at Poppit Sands, a beach café. Two significant businesses are a builders’ merchant and a garage. The latter is a large and successful garage. A village shop (mini-market), several builders, numerous farms, the water mill (flour milling) and miscellaneous small firms make up the business community. There is a Baptist chapel and an Independent chapel in the village. There is another Baptist chapel at Cippyn. The Church in Wales parish church contains a fine Ogham stone, inscribed in both Latin and the ancient Irish Ogham script, which, in the nineteenth century, was instrumental in enabling various academics to decipher Ogham. The village primary school is currently being enlarged as part of a programme of rationalisation i.e. closing outlying smaller schools.