St John the Baptist Cathedral, Norwich

St John the Baptist Cathedral, Norwich
Cathedral Church of St John the Baptist
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St John the Baptist Cathedral, Norwich is located in Norwich
St John the Baptist Cathedral, Norwich
St John the Baptist Cathedral, Norwich
Shown within Norwich
LocationNorwich, Norfolk
CountryEngland
Denominationsjbcathedral.org.uk
History
StatusActive
Consecrated1910
Architecture
Functional statusCathedral
Heritage designationGrade I Listed
Designated26 February 1954[1]
Architect(s)George Gilbert Scott, Jr.
StyleGothic Revival
Years built1882-1910
Construction costApproximately £230,000
Specifications
Number of towers1
Tower height38m (125ft)
Administration
DioceseEast Anglia (since 1976)
ProvinceWestminster
Clergy
Bishop(s)Alan Hopes
DeanRev. David Paul
Deacon(s)Rev. Patrick Limacher
Laity
Director of musicDaniel Justin

The Cathedral Church of St John the Baptist is the Roman Catholic cathedral of the city of Norwich, Norfolk, England.

History

The cathedral, located on Unthank Road, was constructed between 1882 and 1910 to designs by George Gilbert Scott, Jr. as a parish church dedicated to John the Baptist, on the site of the Norwich City Gaol. The funds for its construction were provided by Henry Fitzalan-Howard, 15th Duke of Norfolk. He funded it as a generous gift to the Catholics of Norwich as a sign of thanksgiving for his first marriage to Lady Flora Abney-Hastings.[2]

In 1976, it was consecrated as the cathedral church for the newly erected Diocese of East Anglia and the seat of the Bishop of East Anglia.[3] In 2014, for the first time since 1558, a Pontifical High Mass was celebrated in this episcopal see's cathedral.[4]

It is one of two cathedrals in the city of Norwich, the other being the Church of England Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, completed in the Norman style in 1145. It is the second largest Roman Catholic cathedral in England, the largest being Westminster Cathedral.