The monastic community was founded by Saint David, Abbot of Menevia,
who died in AD 589, Some 100 years after the withdrawal of Roman Law
from Britain. Roman life would have continued as best as possible. but
frequent raids by outside groups such as the Norsemen would have
disrupted life here.
In 1090, the Welsh scholar Rhigyfarch wrote his Latin “Life of David”, highlighting David’s sanctity, thus beginning the almost cult-like status he achieved. How much about St David's life was written from known fact would be doubtful.
The present Cathedral was begun in 1181, and completed not long after. In 1793 there where extensive repairs, especially to damage done during the reformation.
St Davids is Britain's smallest city in terms of both size and population (1,797 people in the 2001 census).