LLANDAFF CATHEDRAL

Glamorganshire

Llandaff Cathedral, Glamorganshire, Wales

Full dedication: Cathedral Church of St. Peter and St. Paul
Became a Cathedral in the mid-6th Century

It is very odd that Cardiff's Cathedral sits so far from Cardiff, but it is in the leafy suburb of Llandaff some long distance from the City Centre.

The earliest church here dates to 1120, although the See had existed for at least 600 years by that point. At the Reformation Llandaff was abandoned to its fate and frequently plundered.

The first attempt at restoration was from John Wood of Bath who planned to rebuild it as an "Italian temple" - perhaps fortunately his funds dried up and this work never happened. A hundred years or so later one John Prichard was more successful and the Cathedral was rebuilt to much the same Norman plan as the original.

Much of this was blown to smithereens by a landmine in World War II - only Coventry sustained more damage than Llandaff during World War II. Fortunately, when rebuilding work was undertaken it was decided to make Llandaff a rebuild to the old plans and not a completely new church as at Coventry.

Another thing in common with Coventry is the work of Jacob Epstein - at Coventry it is a statue on the wall outside, here it is a massive Christ figure on an arch above the pulpit.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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