. Cathedrals, abbeys and churches of England and Wales, descriptive, historical, pictorial . -^=-y&^^ THE CATHEDRAL, KKOM THE HIVER. ST. ASAPH.. The fine position of the old Cathedral Church of St. Asaph hasoften proved its ruin. You see nothing of St. Davids till you arequite upon it; hills command Llandaff and Bangor all around.No one would occupy them for defence, except so far as themere Avails would protect those who took refuge within them. But in troublous times the tongue of land which runs downbetween the rivers Elwy and Clwyd was a position to be occu-pied at once. The only building

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. Cathedrals, abbeys and churches of England and Wales, descriptive, historical, pictorial . -^=-y&^^ THE CATHEDRAL, KKOM THE HIVER. ST. ASAPH.. The fine position of the old Cathedral Church of St. Asaph hasoften proved its ruin. You see nothing of St. Davids till you arequite upon it; hills command Llandaff and Bangor all around.No one would occupy them for defence, except so far as themere Avails would protect those who took refuge within them. But in troublous times the tongue of land which runs downbetween the rivers Elwy and Clwyd was a position to be occu-pied at once. The only building Stock Photo
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. Cathedrals, abbeys and churches of England and Wales, descriptive, historical, pictorial . -^=-y&^^ THE CATHEDRAL, KKOM THE HIVER. ST. ASAPH.. The fine position of the old Cathedral Church of St. Asaph hasoften proved its ruin. You see nothing of St. Davids till you arequite upon it; hills command Llandaff and Bangor all around.No one would occupy them for defence, except so far as themere Avails would protect those who took refuge within them. But in troublous times the tongue of land which runs downbetween the rivers Elwy and Clwyd was a position to be occu-pied at once. The only building
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. Cathedrals, abbeys and churches of England and Wales, descriptive, historical, pictorial . -^=-y&^^ THE CATHEDRAL, KKOM THE HIVER. ST. ASAPH.. The fine position of the old Cathedral Church of St. Asaph hasoften proved its ruin. You see nothing of St. Davids till you arequite upon it; hills command Llandaff and Bangor all around.No one would occupy them for defence, except so far as themere Avails would protect those who took refuge within them. But in troublous times the tongue of land which runs downbetween the rivers Elwy and Clwyd was a position to be occu-pied at once. The only building of any strength upon it wasthe cathedral. Even in the early days, when it was constructed of wood, itsposition made it somewhat difficult to take by assault, when weapons of offencewere not brought to any great degree of efficiency. But when once entered itwas easily destroyed. It is curious how little we can learn about it from history or tradition,nor can we infer much from earthworks, architectural remains, or monumentsof any kind. St. Asaph.] FOUNDATION OF THE CHURCH. 257 For all the early })art of the history of the cathedral, we can