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A Brief History Of The Cathedral



c.589/601 St David dies having founded a monastery at the current cathedral site.

645-1097 St Davids (Menevia) is attacked and destroyed many times

9th century King Alfred summons help from St Davids in rebuilding the intellectual life of Wessex.

999 Bishop Morgenau killed by Vikings

1080 Bishop Abraham killed by Vikings

1081 William the Conqueror visits St Davids to pray

1089 David's shrine vandalized, stripped of precious metals.

c.1090 Rhigyfarch writes "Life of David" highlighting David's sanctity.

1115 Bishop Bernard appointed by King Henry I.

1123 Bishop Bernard secures a "privilege" from Pope Calixtus II. St Davids becomes a centre for pilgrimage.

1131 Bishop Bernard "dedicates" a new cathedral.

1171 Henry II visits.

1181 Present cathedral begun

1220 Collapse of the "new tower"

1247/48 Building damaged by an earthquake

1328-47 Gower's episcopate: rood screen and Bishops Palace built.

1365 St Mary's College built.

1509-22 Edward Vaughan's episcopate: Holy Trinity Chapel built.

1530-40 Nave roof and ceiling constructed.

1538 Bishop Barlow strips St Davids shrine of its jewels and confiscates the relics of St David and St Justinian in order to counteract "superstition".

c.1540 Edmund Tudor's tomb placed in front of the high altar.

1648 Much of the building destroyed by Parliamentary soldiers.

1793 West Front rebuilt by Nash.

1862-77 Sir George Gilbert Scott's restoration.

1901 Lady Chapel restored.

1900-1910 Remaining eastern chapels restored.

1982 Queen Elizabeth II distributes the Royal Maundy.

1989-90 Celebration of the 14th centenary of St David's death.

1993 St David's Day celebrations with th Prince of Wales.

1995 Queen Elizabeth II confers city status to St Davids.

2004-07 New Cloisters built

 

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