Hanes Llandoch is a charitable organisation which was set up in 2000 to regenerate a fine, listed Victorian building in the historic centre of St Dogmaels. The building is known as the Coach House and stands to the left of the main entrance to the Abbey ruins.
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Photo by Jenifer Carrick
The Coach House had no function for many years except as a store for a remarkable collection of carvings – including architectural details and sculpture from the medieval Abbey and important early Christian inscribed stones – that had never before been on general view to the public.
It took Hanes Llandoch more than six years to raise the £652,000 needed to start refurbishing the Coach House to create a display area for these stones, now open to visitors. A single storey extension houses an educational and tourist centre with models and display boards detailing the history of the Abbey and general area. There is also a shop and popular cafe.
Building work began in April 2007 and, now completed, the Coach House acts as an introduction to the Abbey ruins and a gateway to the area for visitors.
The principal sponsors of the Coach House project are the Heritage Lottery Fund, ERDF Objective 1, Pembrokeshire County Council, Cadw and the Welsh Assembly Government.
The Abbey Shakespeare Players support Hanes Llandoch, donating proceeds from Love's Labour's Lost and other recent summer productions of Shakespeare in St Dogmaels Abbey.