"This long awaited but splendid book by Nick Lambert and his co-authors.. tribute is due to the team who produced it, with my thanks for their dedication and enthusiasm."
Jenny Metcalf, Friend of Llandaff Cathedral
This is the first new book to be published about Llandaff Cathedral for more than a century. As the seat of the Archbishop of Wales, Llandaff is the hub of the Church in Wales. The cathedral dates to the eleventh century and is one of the landmark buildings of both Cardiff and Wales. In this welcome and overdue book expert authors guide us through the history, architecture, art and heritage of the cathedral from Roman times to the twenty-first century. The building and its ornamentation include almost every style in that long period as it was developed through extension, refurbishment and redevelopment. The story includes resurrection from extensive bomb damage during the Second World War and the controversial majestas by Epstein that made the cathedral national news in the sixties. Accessibly written for the lay reader, the book is heavily illustrated with line drawings, plans, and archive and contemporary photographs. The research for the book has brought to light fascinating, never before seen images from the cathedral archive and elsewhere.
Essay subjects include:
The Cathedral until the Reformation
Three Centuries, Three Restorations
Art in the Cathedral
A Brief History of the Llandaff Bells
Music in the Cathedral