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The Cathedral
Cathedral
Church of Saints Asaph and Cyndeym, commonly called St Asaph Cathedral
Cathedral
(Welsh: Eglwys Gadeiriol Llanelwy), is a cathedral in St Asaph, Denbighshire, north Wales. An Anglican church, it is the episcopal seat of the Bishop of St Asaph. The cathedral dates back 1,400 years, while the current building dates from the 13th century.[1] It is sometimes claimed to be the smallest Anglican cathedral in Great Britain.

Contents

1 History 2 The organ

2.1 List of organists 2.2 Assistant organists

3 Burials 4 See also 5 References 6 Further reading 7 External links

History[edit] A church was originally built on or near the site by Saint Kentigern in the 6th century (other sources say Saint Elwy in 560). Saint Asa (or Asaph), a grandson of Pabo Post Prydain, followed after this date. The earliest parts of the present building date from the 13th century when a new building was begun on the site after the original stone cathedral was burnt by King Edward I in 1282. The rebellion of Owain Glyndŵr
Owain Glyndŵr
resulted in part of the cathedral being reduced to a ruin for seventy years. The present building was largely built in the reign of Henry Tudor and greatly restored in the 19th century. The cathedral made the national press in 1930 when the tower became subject to significant subsidence and the cathedral architect Charles Marriott Oldrid Scott advised of urgent repairs to be undertaken.[2][3] It was reported that the cause of the damage was by a subterranean stream.[4] It made the papers again when work was approaching completion in 1935.[5] Geoffrey of Monmouth served as Bishop of St Asaph
St Asaph
from 1152 to 1155, although due to war and unrest in Wales
Wales
at the time, he probably never set foot in his see. William Morgan (1545 – 10 September 1604) was also Bishop of St Asaph
St Asaph
and of Llandaff, and was the first to translate the whole Bible, from Greek and Hebrew, into Welsh. His Bible is kept on public display in the cathedral. The first Archbishop of Wales
Wales
A. G. Edwards was appointed Bishop of St Asaph
St Asaph
in 1889. The organ[edit] A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.[6] List of organists[edit] See also: List of musicians at Welsh cathedrals

Year instated Name

1620 John Day

1630 Abednego D. Perkins

1631 John Wilson

1669 Thomas Ottey

1680 William Key

1686 Thomas Hughes

1694 Alexander Gerard

1738 John Gerard

1782 John Jones

1785 Edward Bailey

1791 Charles Spence

1794 Henry Hayden

1834 Robert Augustus Atkins

1889 Llewellyn Lloyd

1897 Hugh Percy Allen

1898 Archibald Wayet Wilson

1901 Cyril Bradley Rootham

1902 William Edward Belcher

1917 Harold Carpenter Lumb Stocks

1956 Robert Duke Dickinson

1962 James Roland Middleton

1970 Graham John Elliott

1981 John Theodore Belcher

1985 Hugh Davies

1998 Graham Eccles

2004 Alan McGuinness

Assistant organists[edit]

Llewelyn Lloyd 1875–1889 (later organist) F. Walton Evans 1897–1901 John Hosking (2004–present)

This list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it. See also the List of Organ Scholars at St Asaph
St Asaph
Cathedral. Burials[edit]

John Owen (bishop of St Asaph), Bishop of St Asaph
St Asaph
(1629 to 1651) Isaac Barrow (bishop), Bishop of St Asaph
St Asaph
(1669–1680)—buried in the Cathedral
Cathedral
churchyard William Mathias (1934–1992), composer, born in Whitland, Carmarthenshire. William Carey (bishop), Bishop of St Asaph
St Asaph
(1830–1846)—buried in the Cathedral
Cathedral
churchyard Joshua Hughes, Bishop of St Asaph
St Asaph
(1870–1889) A. G. Edwards, Bishop of St Asaph
St Asaph
(1889–1934) and first Archbishop of Wales

See also[edit]

Dean of St Asaph—chronological list of Deans of St Asaph

References[edit]

^ " St Asaph
St Asaph
in north Wales
Wales
named Diamond Jubilee city". 14 March 2012 – via www.bbc.co.uk.  ^ The Times, Saturday April 5, 1930; pg. 11; Issue 45480; col E ^ The Times, Saturday April 19, 1930; pg. 12; Issue 45491; col B. ^ The Times, Saturday September 6, 1930; pg. 12; Issue 45611; col D ^ The Times, Wednesday September 18, 1935; pg. 13; Issue 47172; col E ^ http://www.npor.org.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch.cgi?Fn=Rsearch&rec_index=D08459

Further reading[edit]

St Asaph
St Asaph
Cathedral
Cathedral
website

External links[edit] Media related to St Asaph
St Asaph
Cathedral
Cathedral
at Wikimedia Commons

Artwork at St Asaph
St Asaph
Cathedral

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Coordinates: 53°15′26″N 3°26′31″W / 53.25722°N 3.44194°W / 53.25722; -3.44194

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