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Coordinates: 51°52′55″N 5°16′08″W / 51.882°N 5.269°W / 51.882; -5.269

St Davids
Welsh: Tyddewi
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St David's Cathedral
St Davids is located in Wales2
St Davids
St Davids

 St Davids shown within Wales
Population 2,000 (2010)
OS grid reference SM755255
Community St David's and the Cathedral Close
Principal area Pembrokeshire
Ceremonial county Dyfed
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town HAVERFORDWEST
Postcode district SA62
Dialling code 01437
Police
Fire Mid an Wast Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Preseli Pembrokeshire
Welsh Assembly Preseli Pembrokeshire
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St David's an the Cathedral Close,[1] mair commonly kent as St David's,[2][3] (Welsh: Tyddewi), is a ceety an community in Pembrokeshire, Wales. It is Breetain's smawest ceety. Lyin on the River Alun on St David's peninsula, the toun is the de facto ecclesiastical caipital o Wales an the final restin place o Saunt Dauvit, the kintra's patron saunt.

History an attractions[eedit | eedit soorce]

The aurie wis oreeginally kent in the Welsh leid as Mynyw an in Laitin as Menevia, an wis later renamed in honour o Dauvit. The ceety is built aroond St David's Cathedral, which in the Middle Ages wis a popular place o pilgrimage. Next tae it, the 14t-century Bishop's Palace is a ruin maintained bi Cadw an open tae visitors. St David's wis ance a maircher borough. In 1603 the antiquarian George Owen described it as ane of five Pembrokeshire boroughs owerseen bi a portreeve.[4]

Tradition states that Saint Dauvit wis born tae Saunt Non at wha is nou St Non's, a ten minute walk south o the ceety, in aboot AD 500. It is an aa said that he wis baptised at Porthclais, nou the ceety's port, an that he foondit the ceety in aroond 550. Pape Calixtus II decreed that twa pilgrimages tae St David's wur equivalent tae ane tae Rome. Acause o this a vast income wis raised frae visitin pilgrims in the Middle Ages.[5] Saunt Non's Well owerleuks the Pembrokeshire Coast Path an St Brides Bay. The Cambrian cliffs make this a popular spot for walkers an kayakers.

In addition tae the cathedral, attractions in the ceety include the 13t century Touer Gate, the Celtic Auld Cross an a number o airt galleries. St David's is an aa a popular base for walkin an water sports. It haes several hotels an a youth hostel, an a number o pubs.

The Banner o Saunt Dauvit (Baner Dewi Sant)

St David's is the anerlie ceety in the Unitit Kinrick to lie entirely in a naitional pairk,[6] the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, an it lies near the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

The St David's lifeboat, locatit at St Justinian, haes saved numerous lives syne the first lifeboat wis locatit there in 1869; an a number o heroic lifeboatmen here hae perished in the cause of saving others. Particular local marine perils are the treacherous reefs an formations aff the coast thegither wi the unpredictable Erse Sea conditions.

The entire coastline aroond St David's forms pairt o the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

Local agricultur haes declined in recent years, wi the ance important crop o Pembrokeshire first early new potatoes haein lairgely dee'd oot due tae pressure frae the supermercats.

St David's Eco Ceety Group aims tae make St David's the first carbon-neutral ceety in the warld.[7]

  • Republic o Ireland The Ceety is an aa twinned wi Naas in the Republic o Ireland

Sport an leisure[eedit | eedit soorce]

St David's is hame tae the rugby union team St. Davids RFC.

St David's hostit the National Eisteddfod in 2002.

Notable fowk[eedit | eedit soorce]

Henry Hicks (1837-1899), a Welsh pheesician, Member of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS), Preses o the Geological Society an Fellow o the Royal Society (FRS). He studied the Precambrian rocks o Anglesey, Caernarvonshire an Pembrokeshire, the Devonian rocks o Devon an Somerset, an cave deposits in Denbighshire. He wis born on 29 Mey 1837 at St David's, follaed in the fuitsteps o his faither Thomas Hicks an studied medicine at Guy's Hospital, an then practised at St David's frae 1862 till 1871.

Muisician David Gray an fitbawer Simon Davies wur pupils at St David's School. Asser, friend o Keeng Alfred the Great, an writer o his biography, wis a monk at St David's afore being cawed intae Alfred's service.

See an aa[eedit | eedit soorce]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : St David's and the Cathedral Close Retrieved 2009-11-25
  2. St Davids City Council
  3. Ordnance Survey
  4. Owen, George, The Description of Penbrokshire by George Owen of Henllys Lord of Kemes, Henry Owen (Ed), London, 1892
  5. history.uk.com: St Davids day, Pembrokeshire Retrieved on 16 February 2008
  6. bbc.co.uk: Wales history Retrieved on 16 February 2008
  7. Eco City St Davids

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