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Saint Asaph Church

Saint Asaph Church

Artist: Buckler, John

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1810

Shelfmark: Additional MS 36397

Item number: f.31

Length: 26.2

Width: 36

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

This drawing shows the parish Church of St Asaph from the south-west with the cathedral in the distance. St Asaph (Llanelwy) as an ecclesiastical centre dates back to the sixth century when St Kentigern founded a church and monastery here. When he died in 596, Asaph became abbot-bishop. Legend goes that St Kentigern asked Asaph, who was then only a young boy, to bring him hot coals to warm himself. The boy duly fetched them, but having nothing to carry them in used his cloak and suffered no burns to his flesh or clothes.

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