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St Asaph Cathedral

St Asaph Cathedral
St Asaph Cathedral is the home of the William Morgan Bible

St Asaph Cathedral is said to be the smallest ancient cathedral in Britain. It was built by St Kentigern in AD560. When he returned to Strathclyde he appointed St Asaph bishop in his place and the cathedral has been dedicated to him every since.

The oldest parts of the building date from the 13th Century when the cathedral was rebuilt after an earlier building was destroyed by Edward I. The cathedral suffered further destruction at the hands of the troops of Owain Glyndwr and was restored in the latter half of the 15th Century with further remodelling in the 19th Century.

Translators' monument
A monument to the translators of the bible stands in the grounds of the cathedral

The cathedral is known as the home of the William Morgan bible. While Morgan was at university, a translation of the New Testament into Welsh by William Salesbury was published.

Morgan believed that the whole bible should be available in the Welsh language and his translation of the Old Testament, together with a revised edition of Salesbury's New Testament, was published in 1588.

The 1588 Bible was to become the most important publication in the history of the Welsh language. A monument to Morgan and those who worked with him to translate the bible stands in the grounds of the cathedral.

St Asaph Cathedral was chosen as the location for the annual North Wales International Music Festival by the composer William Mathias who is buried there. The festival takes place every September.

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