St Asaph Cathedral


The city of St Asaph lies between Denbigh and the coastal resort of Rhyl and is home to the smallest cathedral in Britain. The city is set on the banks of the River Elwy and has been an important ecclesiastical centre for centuries, dating back to AD560 when a church was originally built on or near the site by Saint Kentigern (other sources say Saint Elwy in 560).

The Cathedral has been twice destroyed by fire and has had a fascinating and often violent history , including attacks by rebellious natives and also foreign invaders. It was destroyed by the soldiers of Henry III in 1245 and again by the armies of Edward I in 1282. It was rebuilt between 1284 and 1381 only to be burned by Owain Glyndwr‘s Welsh troops in 1402. In 1715 the tower was completely demolished in a fierce storm. The existing building is largely 14th century with many Victorian alterations due to the remodelling by Gilbert Scott in 1867-75.

Technical Note: Image is a bracket of 5 RAW from -2 to +2 in 1 EV steps taken with a Samsung GX10 fitted with an 18-50mm kit lens @ 24mm. ISO 100, f11, shutter speeds from 0.7 sec to 15 sec. Camera was mounted on a RedSnapper RS-284 & RSH-12 Ball Head and the shutter was fired using infra-red remote control. HDR processing was with Unified Color‘s HDR Expose.

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4 thoughts on “St Asaph Cathedral

  1. atmtx December 1, 2010 / 17:15

    Wonderful HDR processing. Churches makes such great HDR subjects.

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  2. Dominic December 2, 2010 / 10:32

    It is surprising how much can be crammed into such a small package as St Asaph’s Cathedral! Among its many beauties are the twenty, late 15th century and five, 19th century misericords in the choir stalls.

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