St. David's Cathedral

St. David's, Pembrokeshire

Photos taken November 2002

Unless otherwise noted, all photos on this website were taken by Venita.*

Many thanks to my 'editor' John Ball, without whose help the information on these pages would be full of errors!

"Built upon the site of St David's 6th century monastery, St David's Cathedral has been a site of pilgrimage and worship for many hundreds of years and remains a church serving a living community. This community is represented not only by the people of the parish of St Davids but by all who find peace in this place of prayer and devotion."
(Quoted from St David's Cathedral webpage.)

St Davids, a village in Pembrokeshire on the southwest coast of Wales, was designated as a city by Queen Elizabeth II in 1995 because of the cathedral located there. St David is the patron saint of Wales and his feast day, March 1, is celebrated annually with eisteddfodau, eating cawl, and wearing daffodils and/or leeks. Should you be in Wales on the first day of March, you are likely to see daffodils blooming everywhere, some planted in gardens, many growing wild. They are the national flower.

It wasn't St David's day when I visited the cathedral with my friend John, but a chilly, blustery November day. The changeable weather was brightened by the beauty of this ancient, awesome place of worship.


Above: This ancient cross, of medieval origin, in St David's village square is the most eye-catching monument at this point. Most of the cathedral is currently out of sight, down a hill, but its square tower in the center of the photo tells us that it is nearby.


Above: A short walk from the village cross reveals the magnificent edifice located in a small valley, snuggled between gently rolling hills. On the left is the nave, dating from the twelfth century. On the right the walls date from the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Directly ahead is the south transept which is identified as twelfth and thirteenth centuries with a post-medieval extension to the east.

Entry arch

Above: John paused before entering to admire the stonework of the arch. The quality of the skill of the artisans and craftsmen of nine centuries ago is no less than that seen today. Although the stones are weathered, the architecture and engineering are still strong and will allow the building to stand for centuries on.

We'll go inside now. For the next few photos I've chosen to use smaller images. To see a larger version, click on a small image.


Above: A pulpit and pews stand ready for a preacher, congregation and worship service.

Above: Pulpitum in front of the pipes of the excellent organ.

Above: The Chapel of St Thomas Becket, specially set aside for peace, contemplation and private prayer.

Above: Hand-woven banner in honor of St David.


Above: The resting place of the Countess of Maidstone in the Chapel of St Edward the Confessor.

Above: Marble tombs of prominent individuals rest on a parquet tile floor.

Above: Intricately beautiful ceiling in the square central tower.

Above: The tomb of King Edward I stands in front of the remains of St David's shrine, a place he is said to have frequented in life.

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We'll go back outside now and see the grounds surrounding the cathedral.

Please turn to page two.

See photos and information related to St. David's mother:

St. Non's Chapel and Well

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