Llanddoged and Maenan

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Llanddoged and Maenan
  • Welsh: Llanddoged a Maenan
Chapelhouse at Maenan - geograph.org.uk - 201898.jpg
Capel Soar at Maenan
Llanddoged and Maenan is located in Conwy
Llanddoged and Maenan
Llanddoged and Maenan
Location within Conwy
Population602 (2011)
OS grid referenceSH8063
  • Llanddoged and Maenan
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtLL26
Dialling code01492
PoliceNorth Wales
FireNorth Wales
EU ParliamentWales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
List of places
53°09′18″N 3°47′20″W / 53.155°N 3.789°W / 53.155; -3.789Coordinates: 53°09′18″N 3°47′20″W / 53.155°N 3.789°W / 53.155; -3.789

Llanddoged and Maenan (Welsh: Llanddoged a Maenan) is a community in Conwy County Borough, in Wales. It is located in the Conwy Valley, on the eastern bank of the River Conwy, 2.3 miles (3.7 km) north east of Llanrwst, 15.7 miles (25.3 km) south west of Abergele and 13.3 miles (21.4 km) south of Conwy. The community includes the village of Llanddoged and the rural settlements around Maenan. At the 2001 census it had a population of 574,[1] increasing to 602 at the 2011 census.[2]

In 1283 Edward I of England forced the monks of Aberconwy Abbey, in Conwy, to relocate to Maenan, to make way for the castle and fortifications he was building in the town.[3] The abbey survived until it was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1538. A house was built on the site, which was replaced in 1852 by what is now the Maenan Abbey Hotel.[4] Drainage work at the hotel in 2011 unearthed remains of the abbey buildings.[5] Nearby Maenan Hall is a 15th-century timber-framed house containing elaborate Elizabethan plasterwork, which is Grade I listed.[6] The house was bought in 1946, and restored, by Henry McLaren, who was responsible for developing Bodnant Garden, as a dower house for his wife Christabel. The garden, which is open to the public a few days each year, was developed by McLaren and, after his death in 1953, his widow and their youngest son, Christopher McLaren.[7] To the east stands Caer Oleu, a prehistoric hillfort.[8]

Saint Doged's Church, set in a circular churchyard in Llanddoged, was rebuilt in 1839, but was originally a sixth-century martyrium constructed to shelter the grave of Saint Doged. It is Grade II* listed. Nearby, the waters of Saint Doged's Well were reputed to cure eye-disorders.[9]

Mary Vaughan Jones was born in Maenan in 1918. An infants teacher, she is best known for more than 40 Welsh children's books she wrote. She is remembered by an award presented every three years by the Welsh Books Council to recognise outstanding contributions to children's books in Wales.[10]


  1. ^ "Census 2001: Parish Headcounts: Conwy". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Community population 2011". Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Maenan (Abbey)". Monastic Wales. University of Wales Trinity St David. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Maenan Abbey". Coflein. Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  5. ^ Williams, Brendon (17 August 2011). "Three Medieval Walls Found at Maenan Abbey Hotel, Conwy". British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Maenan Hall". Coflein. Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  7. ^ "Maenan Hall". Gardens Open for Charity. The National Gardens Scheme. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  8. ^ "Caer Oleu Camp; Pen-y-castell". Coflein. Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  9. ^ "Church of St Ddoged". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  10. ^ "The Mary Vaughan Jones Award". Welsh Books Council. Retrieved 12 April 2013.

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