Cathedral: Ss Andrew and David, St Davids

Cathedral: Ss Andrew and David, St Davids
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St Davids
St Davids

Statutory Designation Information

Listed Building?
This is a Grade I Listed Building
Scheduled Monument?
There is a Scheduled Monument within the curtilage or precinct

National Park

The church is in the following National Park: Pembrokeshire Coast

Conservation Area

The church is in a Conservation Area

Buildings At Risk Status

On Buildings At Risk Register?
This church is not on the Buildings at Risk Register

Approximate Date

Approximate Date:

Exterior Image

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Summary Description

St David’s Cathedral is set in the river valley in the heart of Dewisland and although well hidden from the sea owes it position of being close to the sea when in early Medieval times the Celtic Sea was the means of transport and the spread of Christianity particularly between Wales and Ireland and the rest of north west Europe. It is possible that there was a Roman port here. St David set up a religious community here which was austere in the extreme ‘he that doth not work, neither shall he eat.’. Although considered the premier cathedral in wales it was not until 1923 that the Church in Wales had its own Archbishop and the Cathedra (the seat for the bishop) for the Archbishop moves round Wales as the Archbishop is elected from among the six Welsh Bishops. Gerald of Wales tried hard to persuade the powers that be that St David’s should be the Archiepiscopal site in Wales but this had to wait until the C20. In the C12 Pope Calixtus blessed St David’s as a place of Pilgrimage giving rise to the idea that two pilgrimages to St David’s were worth one to Rome Reference Buildings of Wales –Pembrokeshire 2004 OS Map 157 The Encyclopaedia of Wales

Visiting and Facilities

The church is open for worship.
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Church Website

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Sources and Further Information

View information on worship and access at this church on the Church In Wales web site
RCAHMW (2004) Coflein [Digital Archive/Document]