PORTSMOUTH CATHOLIC CATHEDRAL
Full Dedication: Cathedral Church of St. John the Evangelist
Became a Cathedral in 1882
Portsmouth is unusual amongst English cities with two relatively modern Cathedrals in that it was the Catholic Cathedral which was founded first. The Protestant Cathedral, although based around an older church did not become a Cathedral until 1927 45 years after the Catholic Cathedral was dedicated.
The Cathedral was designed by John Crawley and later work by J.A. Hansom was added after dedication. The work began around 1880 and was finished during the 1890s. During World War II the Cathedral was badly damaged by bombing, as was much of central Portsmouth, and repair work was undertaken afterwards.
If you should find yourself wandering between Portsmouth's Historic Docks and the City Centre then the Catholic Cathedral is worth investigating.
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