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This is the smallest ancient cathedral in Britain – just 182 feet long and 68 feet wide. But this hasn’t stopped it getting into trouble. Founded by the normans in the 12th century, the cathedral has suffered repeated assaults – badly damaged by Edward I in 1282, burned by Owain Glyndwr in 1402 and used as a stable by Roundheads during the Civil War. But through continual rebuilding and restoration it maintains the “dignity and grandeur” described by Dr Johnson.

Its greatest treasure is a 16th century William Morgan Bible. The contempary, brutally moving sculpture of the crucified Christ in the south transcript shows how the church continues to evolve.

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