St. David's Cathedral

t. David's Cathedral in Pembrokeshire southwest Wales. (Photograph taken by Mike Wilding). St. David is the patron saint of Wales and according to legend founded a monastic order in the area some time after 500 A.D. The town now bears his name, and the Cathedral dates from around 1176, its construction and building amendments covering three centuries. Under the Norman bishop, Peter de Leia the nave, west front and tower were constructed around 1180 to 1198, but the tower collapsed in the thirteenth century and more work was required in repairing the damage. Areas behind the altar and the Lady chapel were worked on at the end of the thirteenth century. Several important people are buried here, including Edward Tudor, father of King Henry VII.
1081   William tours south Wales
 William the Conqueror visited South Wales and St. David's. He met Rhys ap Tewdwr, the ruler of the area and allowed him to remain in control of the region for a yearly sum of money.

Episode: Norman Conquest  
1220   Tower Collapse at St. David's
 (Or 1200) The central tower collapsed at St. David's Cathedral destroying the presbytery resulting in construction work to repair the damage.[1] 


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