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St Davids Cathedral Close: Vicar's College

A Scheduled Monument in St. David's and the Cathedral Close (Tŷddewi a Chlos y Gadeirlan), Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Latitude: 51.8826 / 51°52'57"N

Longitude: -5.2675 / 5°16'3"W

OS Eastings: 175214

OS Northings: 225500

OS Grid: SM752255

Mapcode National: GBR C5.RJ37

Mapcode Global: VH0TD.NY34

Entry Name: St Davids Cathedral Close: Vicar's College

Scheduled Date: 15 January 1992

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2738

Cadw Legacy ID: PE441

Schedule Class: Education

Category: Religious house

Period: Medieval

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: St. David's and the Cathedral Close (Tŷddewi a Chlos y Gadeirlan)

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire


The monument consists of a religious house, a monastic house of unknown status, dating to the medieval period. The Vicar’s College stood in a paddock in the north-east corner of the Cathedral Close. Perhaps founded in 1287 by Bishop Bek and was reorganised by Bishop Houghtin in 1379. All the priests, deacons and sub-deacons of the lower chapter were to occupy separate houses with a communal refectory. After the Dissolution their use changed and efforts to repair them in 1693 failed. Recent maps show the site of the refectory but the individual houses show as small rectangular terraces within the paddock. The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval ecclesiastical organisation. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits. The structure itself may be expected to contain archaeological information concerning chronology and building techniques. The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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