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Catholic Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Norwich

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The Cathedral Church of St John the Baptist is the Roman Catholic cathedral of the city of Norwich, Norfolk, England.HistoryThe 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.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. In 2014, for the first time since 1558, a Pontifical High Mass was celebrated in this episcopal see's cathedral.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.
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  • We were visiting Norwich, and discovered that there is more than on impressive Cathedral here. The Cathedral of St John the Baptist seemed well run - free on-site parking, a coffee shop, complete with...  more »
  • No history as such, this is a late Victorian building on a monumental scale. At the opposite end of the city to the Anglican cathedral, yet more prominent.  more »
  • This enormous building, which is only about one hundred years old, does not have too many of the Catholic trappings that one finds in some Roman Catholic churches, and which some non-believers find un...  more »
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  • The church is great but the on call chaplain are very rude.its dis grace to the church.
  • Beautiful cathedral. Remember, a couple centuries ago it was illegal to be Catholic, so the fact that this edifice is able to exist in peace is a beautiful fact.
  • One of two Cathedrals in the city of Norwich. Both are beautiful and this (some would say lesser known of the two) one is an impressive structure that is well worth a visit.
  • A most beauriful and sacred place. Was there one evening near Christmas with my fiance. He had never been there and is from the area. I plan on coming back to visit again. Just so breathtaking and serene. Felt close to our creator! Sincerely, Monica Best
  • Very friendly and informative attendant at the library, and wonderful gothic architectural elements