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The Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Norwich


  • Explores the history and features of one of the 20th-century’s lesser-known but most beautiful cathedrals


The Cathedral of St John the Baptist is one of Norwich’s most iconic buildings, rising above the city skyline from its hilltop position. It was the generous gift of Henry Fitzalan Howard, 15th Duke of Norfolk, to the Catholics of Norwich as a thank-offering for his first marriage. At his request, it was designed by George Gilbert Scott Junior in the Early English style of the 13th century and is a particularly fine example of the great Victorian Gothic Revival. Completed in 1910, it was the parish church of the Catholic community in Norwich until 1976 when it became the mother church of the new diocese of East Anglia. It is now the second largest Catholic cathedral in the country. Its external grandeur and magnificent interior, with exquisite stone carving and some of the finest 19th-century stained glass in Europe, are stunningly reproduced in this informative and lively guidebook.

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