Cathedral Library




History

The library possessed illuminated gospels and other books.

Bishop Sulien's son, Rhigyfarch wrote a Life of St. David circa 1180.

At the Reformation (16th century) and the Civil War (17th century) manuscripts were destroyed.

Later records were destroyed in flooding


Today

The Library has collections belonging to Deans, Bishops and Clergy dating back to the 16th century.

Books and other material are constantly being added. Subject matter is St. David, St Davids, Wales, and Church in Wales history.

There is a collection of local and cathedral photographs dating back to the 19th century and the Parish Registers.



St David's City Royal Charter & Peter de Liea's Chest


Room


The Library Research Table


This is the 14th century Chapter House built by Bishop Gower.

Cathedral clergy would meet here.

In the 18/19th centuries it was used as a grammar school. There is a fine medieval fireplace with lamp stands, window seats and a piscina for washing hands.

In the corner of the room was a medieval latrine


Points of interest

Print of William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, one time Bishop of St Davids, beheaded in 1645 for his Catholic sympathies.

John Speed map of Wales 1610. Treen Cup (to right of mantelpiece).

Razorbill wood-carving, National Park Community Award for successful prevention of 'Over the Horizon Radar' establishment proposed for St Davids Airfield in 1991.


Books


The Piscina


16-21 Centuries, around 7,000 volumes.

Oldest: 1504-5 Provinciale seu Constitutiones Angli a book on Church Law

written in the 15th. century by Bishop Lyndwode of St Davids.

Welsh Bible 1620 Other subjects covered are Science, Mathematics, Physics, Exploration, Medicine, Farming,

Herbals (medicinal use of plants), Theology, Bibles from 1585, History - Cathedral, Church, Local, Welsh, Parish Records fom 1724.

Languages Welsh, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Breton, Japanese, Italian, Persian,

Romany, Anglo-Saxon, Erse (Irish), Arabic, German, French, Danish and Esperanto



Part of the Gallery


The Treasury and Muniments Room was above the Chapter Room and replaced by the Gallery early in the 20th century.

It is reached by a newel staircase next to the door.

Today it houses the Carmarthen Diocesan Library, from the Bishop's Palace in Abergwili, Carmarthen.

It contains Theology, two cases of Welsh language material, Church History and Records, duplicates and storage.

There is no public access.

If you have any questions please contact the Librarian:
01437 720822


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