Diocese of St David's

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Diocese of St David's
Esgobaeth Tyddewi
St Davids Diocese Logo.jpg
Sable, a cross Or with five cinquefoils sable
Coat of arms
Ecclesiastical province Wales
Archdeaconries St David's, Cardigan, Carmarthen
Cathedral St David's Cathedral
Current leadership
Bishop Wyn Evans
Map of the dioceses in the Church in Wales
Map of the dioceses in the Church in Wales

The Diocese of St David's covers the historic extent of Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire, and Pembrokeshire, together with a small part of western Glamorgan. The episcopal see is the Cathedral Church of St David in the City of St David's, Pembrokeshire. The present cathedral, which was begun in 1181, stands on the site of a monastery founded in the 6th century by Saint David.

The diocese is divided into the three archdeaconries of St David's, Carmarthen and Cardigan. The bishop's residence is Llys Esgob in Abergwili, Carmarthenshire.


An engraving of St. David's Cathedral c.1790 with an account of its history

The history of the diocese of St David's is traditionally traced to that saint in the latter half of the 6th century. Records of the history of the diocese before Norman times are very fragmentary, however, consisting of a few chance references in old chronicles, such as 'Annales Cambriae' and 'Brut y Tywysogion' (Rolls Series).

Originally corresponding with the boundaries of Dyfed (Demetia), St David's eventually comprised all the country south of the River Dyfi and west of the English border, with the exception of the greater part of Glamorganshire, in all some 3,500 square miles (9,100 km2). Until 1852 the diocese also included some parishes in Herefordshire.

The diocese assumed its current extent in 1923, when the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon was created from the eastern part of the diocese.[1]

The office of Bishop of St David's has existed since the founding of the cathedral. The current bishop, the 128th, is the Right Reverend J Wyn Evans, who was elected on 1 September, consecrated on 29 November at Llandaff Cathedral, and enthroned in St Davids Cathedral on 6 December 2008.


Coordinates: 51°52′55″N 5°16′04″W / 51.8819°N 5.2678°W / 51.8819; -5.2678