ST JOHN'S CATHEDRAL

Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, Portsmouth, Hants

St John's Cathedral Portsmouth is located in Portsmouth city centre, close to Victoria Park. This is the mother church of the Diocese of Portsmouth and the seat of the Bishop of Portsmouth. The building is 19th century French Gothic in style and was designed by John Crawley.

The Catholic community in Portsmouth numbered around 150 people in 1791 but had expanded to over 1,000 by 1830. A chapel was built in Portsea in 1796 but proved to be too small, it was expanded in both 1851 and in the late 1870's. This was due to the increasing local Catholic population, but also due to the large numbers of catholic soldiers housed in the Portsmouth garrison.

Land for a larger church was purchased from the War Department in 1877. The land had become available when the redundant defensive ramparts around Portsea were demolished, this also m