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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Cathedral Church of St John the Baptist

St John the Baptist Cathedral, Norwich, England

The Cathedral Church of St John the Baptist is the Roman Catholic cathedral of the city of Norwich, Norfolk, England.

The Cathedral, located on Earlham 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. 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. It is the second largest Roman Catholic cathedral in England.

It is one of two cathedrals in the city of Norwich, and should not be confused with the Church of England Norwich Cathedral, completed in the Norman style in 1145.

The cathedral's parish also covers Holy Apostles Church, West Earlham, in a suburb of Norwich, and, for the time being, Our Lady and St Walstan, Costessey, four miles west of the city. In addition, it also offers a Sunday evening service at St Mark's, the Church of England parish church of Lakenham.

In 2005, St John's Open Days proved to be very popular, resulting in many first time visitors coming to view the Cathedral.

This spectacular cathedral is situated atop one of the highest hills in Norwich, which was once home to a Norwach Jail and farmland.

Celebrity chef Delia Smith is one of the regular worshippers at the cathedral.,_Norwich 

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