St David’s Cathedral to celebrate anniversary of English king’s pilgrimage
St David’s Cathedral is set to celebrate the anniversary of the pilgrimage of King Henry II of England.
On Wednesday 29th September it will hold a series of special services and events in the city of St Davids, Pembrokeshire, to mark the 850 years since the visit by the English monarch 850 years ago in 1171.
The Dean of St Davids, The Very Revd Dr Sarah Rowland Jones said the cathedral is “delighted to share the history of our cathedral”, which saw the “transition from rule by native princes of Wales to that of the Norman and English monarchy”.
The pilgrimage took place within a year of the brutal and public murder of Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket after a dispute over the rights and privileges of the Church.
Henry II invaded Wales several times, fighting wars with Welsh princes Owain ap Gruffudd of Gwynedd, and Rhys ap Gruffydd of Deheubarth.
The Dean of St Davids, The Very Revd Dr Sarah Rowland Jones, told the Western Telegraph: “The 12th century was an important period in Welsh history, seeing the transition from rule by native princes of Wales to that of the Norman and English monarchy.
“We are delighted to share the history of our cathedral in the medieval period with visitors and pilgrims today.”
The events include morning prayer in St Thomas Becket Chapel, and a tour of 12th Century St Davids Cathedral, which continues across the bridge between the Cathedral and the medieval Bishops Palace.
There will also be a talk titled “What happened here 850 years ago today?”, which will feature Rev’d Leigh Richardson, Sub-Dean, and Mari James, Library Development Officer.