Record Details

NHER Number:26095
Type of record:Building
Name:Roman Catholic Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Earlham Road


This church is now a cathedral. It was built from 1882 to 1910 by Giles Gilbert Scott (jnr) and J. Adrid Scott. It is constructed of ashlar with a lead roof and is designed in an Early English style. It has a cruciform plan with aisles and an octagonal chapel off the north transept. Other architectural features include flying buttresses, clerestory, turrets at the corners of the nave and chancel and a two-stage crossing tower. Inside, the nave arcade is formed by massive round piers and the stained glass is by John Powell and Dunstan Powell.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 2233 0854
Map Sheet:TG20NW

Full description

February 1954. Listed, Grade I.
Listing Description:
Church, now cathedral. 1882 (foundation stone 1884) to 1910 by Giles Gilbert Scott (jnr) and J. Adrid Scott. Ashlar (Beer stone for nave; Ancaster weathered and Clipsham stone for tower and transepts) with lead roof. Cruciform plan with aisles and octagonal chapel off north transept. Early English style. Lancet windows in nine-bay nave, four-bay chancel and three-bay transepts, five-light west window; two tier, three-light east window. Flying buttresses and clerestory. Turrets at corners of nave and chancel. Two-stage crossing tower. Doors in two-centred north porch and in north transept have elaborate iron strapwork. Interior: nave arcade of massive round piers; triforium and wall arcades with black (Frosterly) marble shaftings. West gallery, stiff-lead capitals and stone rib-vaulting throughout. Rood bar with crucifix. Glass by John Powell of Hardman and Powell and in chancel by Dunstan Powell.
Information from (S1).

April 1986. Listed, Grade II.
Listing Description:
Boundary wall of Cathedral House and Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. GV II Boundary wall. Late C19/early C20. Ashlar with moulded coping. 3 pairs of gate piers to Earlham Road (q.v.) and 3 pairs to Unthank Road (gates removed). Steps and flanking wall lead up to porch at north-west corner of nave. Boundary wall returns around the west end of the Cathedral with a short stretch of wall to the east.
Information from (S2).

2008. Norwich HEART (S3, S4).
One of the finest examples of Victorian Gothic architecture in England. Norwich's Catholic Cathedral was gifted to the city of Norwich by Henry Fitzalan Howard, the 15th Duke of Norfolk. At the Duke's request it was designed in the Early English style of the 13th century by architect George Gilbert Scott junior, a recent convert to the Catholic faith. After nearly a century as the parish church of the Catholic community in Norwich it became the mother church of the new diocese of East Anglia in 1976. It is now the second largest Catholic cathedral in the country.
D. Gurney (NLA), 27 January 2009.

January 2009.
£72,000 grant received to complete the re-leading of the roof.
See (S5)
H. White (NLA), 5 February 2009

December 2009.
An extension to the building, providing community and learning facilities, is due to be completed by January 2010.
See (S5) for details,
H. White, (NLA), 13 April 2010

February 2010.
The Cathedral is built on the site of the city gaol. See (S6) for a photograph of the Cathedral under construction.
H. White, (NLA), 25 February 2010

Monument Types

  • CATHEDRAL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Illustration: Various. Various. Architectural plans.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1994. TG 2208ACX - ACZ, ADC - ADE; TG 2308BFL - BFM.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 20 NW 223.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N. and Wilson, B. 1997. Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. pp 330-331; Pl 102, Pl 103.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2009. Heavenly buildings. 19 November.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2010. The Norwich 12. 2 February.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2010. Wander your way through 1,000 years of city history. 24 June.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2011. More highs and lows. 22 March.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2011. New light on church art. 26 May.
---Article in Serial: Rossi, A. 1980. The Cathedral of Saint John the Bapist at Norwich. The Archaeological Journal. Vol 137 pp 318-321.
---Correspondence: English Heritage. 2014. Minor amendment notification e-mail from English Heritage. Listed Building Entry 1051299, Roman Catholic Church of St John the Baptist, Norwich.. 16/04/2014.
<S1>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1051299.
<S2>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1051818.
<S3>Publication: Sheehan, B.. 2008. Norwich 12: A journey through the English city..
<S4>Moving Image: Norwich Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust (HEART). 2008. Norwich 12. A journey through the English city.. DVD.
<S5>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2008-2010. [Articles on the £2million extension on the Roman Catholic Cathedral].
<S6>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2010. [Articles on the collection of stories on the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St John the Baptist to help celebrating it's centenary].

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