St Asaph Cathedral

St Asaph Cathedral (Welsh: Eglwys Gadeiriol Llanelwy) is the Anglican cathedral in St Asaph, Denbighshire, north Wales. It is sometimes claimed to be the smallest Anglican cathedral in Britain.


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 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. It was reported that the cause of the damage was by a subterranean stream . It made the papers again when work was approaching completion in 1935.

The organ

A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.

List of organists
Assistant organists
  • Llewelyn Lloyd 1875 - 1889 (later organist)
  • F. Walton Evans 1897 - 1901
  • John Hosking (2004–present)

See also the List of Organ Scholars at St Asaph Cathedral.

  • Saint Asaph
  • John Owen (bishop of St Asaph), Bishop of St Asaph (1629 to 1651)
  • Isaac Barrow (bishop), Bishop of St Asaph (1669–1680) - buried in the Cathedral churchyard
  • William Mathias
  • William Carey (bishop), Bishop of St Asaph (1830-1846) - buried in the Cathedral churchyard
  • Joshua Hughes, Bishop of St Asaph (1870-1889)
  • Alfred George Edwards, Bishop of St Asaph (1889–1934) and first Archbishop of Wales

Building Activity

  • Roger Rowett
    Roger Rowett commented
    Built 2004... Erm I don't think so!
    about 6 years ago via