St. George's Cathedral, London

Full dedication: Cathedral Church of St. George
Became a Cathedral in 1850

St. George's is the Catholic Cathedral for the Diocese of Southwark. It was the first Catholic Cathedral to be built in England since the Reformation, being constructed between 1840-48 to the plans of Augustus Pugin, one of the great Cathedral builders of the time. Pugin's plans were for a building twice the size of the one that was eventually built, as ever lack of funds meant the work was reduced in ambition.

Then World War II arrived and the Cathedral received numerous direct hits during air raids. It was reconstructed after the War, but little of Pugin's original remains. The reconstruction still looks unfinished, mostly because of the lack of spire or tower.

St. George's stands across the road from the Imperial War Museum and is surely one of the least known Cathedrals in Britain.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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