St Davids

St Davids or St David's[2][3] (Welsh: Tyddewi, [tiː ˈðɛwi], lit. "David's house”) is a city[4] and a community (named St Davids and the Cathedral Close)[5] with a cathedral in Pembrokeshire, Wales, lying on the River Alun. It is the resting place of Saint David, Wales's patron saint, and named after him. St Davids is the United Kingdom's smallest city in population (just over 1,600 in 2011[1]) and urban area (the smallest city by local authority boundary area being the City of London). St Davids was given city status in the 12th century. This does not derive automatically from criteria, but in England and Wales it was traditionally given to cathedral towns under practices laid down in the early 1540s, when Henry VIII founded dioceses. City status was withdrawn in 1886, but restored in 1994 at the request of Queen Elizabeth II. St Davids is also known archaically by the name Meneva or Menevia (Welsh: Mynyw).

Map of St. Davids in Pembrokeshire, Wales, demonstrating the size of the settlement, compared to its wider city boundary. Also indicated are isolated hamlets and offshore islands.
  Community/city boundaries
  Main settlement area
St Davids depicted on a 1610 map of Wales
St Davids City Hall
The Flag of Saint David (Baner Dewi Sant)
Afon Alun in St Davids

St Davids

St Davids Cathedral
St Davids
Location within Pembrokeshire
Area17.93 sq mi (46.4 km2) (community)
0.23 sq mi (0.60 km2)
(urban area)
Population1,600 [1]
 Density89/sq mi (34/km2)
OS grid referenceSM755255
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtSA62
Dialling code01437
FireMid and West Wales
UK Parliament
Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament
List of places
51.882°N 5.269°W / 51.882; -5.269

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