St. David’s Church


St. David’s Church was built as a mission church in 1871 to serve what was then the very small village of Ely. It became the Parish Church in 1973 after St. Mary’s Church, a Christian site since the 13th Century, was left to neglect and ruin.

The original St. David’s Church was a rectangular structure of simple Gothic design by the London architect J.L. Pearson, who was also the architect of Truro Cathedral. The site of the church was donated by Lady Windsor, and was originally valued at a mere £100.

A detailed history of the Parish of Caerau with Ely was compiled in 1946 by Harry Old to celebrate the 75th anniversary of St. David’s. As the church now approaches its 140th anniversary the information has been updated and digitised and can be found by clicking on the ‘History’ icon above.


There are multiple services held during the week at St. David’s. Parents with small children are very welcome to the church; there are soft toys and bean bags available at the back of church for your use.

8.00am Sunday – Mass

10.45am Sunday – Sung Mass (with Sunday School)

5.00pm Sunday – Evening Prayer

10.00am Wednesday – Mass

6.00pm Friday – Evening Prayer

Struggled to hear the sermon or couldn’t make the Sunday Service? Don’t worry, Fr Jesse’s Sunday Sermons can now be found online at

St. David’s is used not just for Sunday worship by the regular congregation, but is extensively used by the community for baptisms, weddings and funerals and by local schools. Please refer to the ‘Life & Ministries‘ section for information about baptisms, weddings, funerals and local schools.

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