Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, Portsmouth

St John the Evangelist, Portsmouth
Cathedral Church of St John the Evangelist
St John the Evangelist, Portsmouth
Shown within Hampshire
50°48′1″N 1°5′39″W / 50.80028°N 1.09417°W / 50.80028; -1.09417Coordinates: 50°48′1″N 1°5′39″W / 50.80028°N 1.09417°W / 50.80028; -1.09417
OS grid reference SU6392300478
Location Portsmouth, Hampshire
Country England
Denomination Roman Catholic
Website portsmouth
Consecrated 1882
Status Cathedral
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 10 January 1953
Architect(s) Joseph Hansom
Style Gothic Revival
Years built 1882
Diocese Portsmouth (since 1882)
Province Southwark
Bishop(s) Philip Egan
Dean Dominic Golding
Director of music Peter Newman
Organist(s) Catherine Christmas

The Cathedral Church of St John the Evangelist (also known as St John's Cathedral) is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Portsmouth, England. It was opened in 1882 and is the first cathedral to have been built in Portsmouth. It is the mother church of the Portsmouth diocese and seat of the Bishop of Portsmouth, currently the Right Reverend Philip Egan. It was dedicated on 10 August 1882.

The cathedral is one of two cathedral churches in the city, the other being the Church of England Cathedral Church of St Thomas which is located about one mile to the south.


The cathedral was originally designed by John Crawley in 1877-1881. Crawley died just as building started and his partner Joseph Hansom took over the project and modified the design, working on it until 1896. The church is built of Fareham Red Brick with Portland Stone dressings. Most of the stained-glass windows sustained some bomb damage in 1941, especially those over the high altar. The round window in the south transept was the only one not damaged. An elaborate baldacchino surmounting the high altar was removed in the 1970 reordering. The last part to be built was St Patrick's Chapel in 1924.[1]

See also


  1. "Cathedral Church of St John the Evangelist, Portsmouth". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 3 October 2016.

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