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Cathedral Church of St John the Evangelist

A Grade II Listed Building in Portsmouth, City of Portsmouth

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Latitude: 50.8003 / 50°48'1"N

Longitude: -1.0943 / 1°5'39"W

OS Eastings: 463923

OS Northings: 100478

OS Grid: SU639004

Mapcode National: GBR VQJ.0W

Mapcode Global: FRA 86LZ.9JC

Entry Name: Cathedral Church of St John the Evangelist

Listing Date: 10 January 1953

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1104269

English Heritage Legacy ID: 474585

Location: Portsmouth, PO1

County: City of Portsmouth

Electoral Ward/Division: Charles Dickens

Built-Up Area: Portsmouth

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Portsea St George

Church of England Diocese: Portsmouth

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Listing Text


774-1/8/11 (North side)
10/01/53 Cathedral Church of St John the


Roman Catholic cathedral. 1877-81 by J Crawley; 1881-96 by J
Hansom; 1906 by Canon Alexander Scoles; restored following
bomb damage 1945-50; re-ordered 1971. Red brick in Flemish
bond with Portland stone dressings; plain tile roof. Decorated
PLAN: 6-bay nave with clerestory; 6-bay aisles, western bays
canted, north aisle with apsidal chapel (1925) new baptistry;
west portal and 2 bell turrets (1906); crossing with transepts
(1886); chancel with apse, north and south chapels, and south
porch (1893).
EXTERIOR: offset plinth; strings; eaves bands; gableted
buttresses with offsets rising into gableted and crocketed
finials; traceried windows, mostly of 2-lights with 3-light
windows to clerestory and some spherical triangle windows, all
having hoodmoulds and sill strings (tracery of all but south
transept window restored 1945-50); board doors with decorative
iron hinges in pointed-arched surrounds of several orders with
carved tympana; brick parapet to nave, pierced ashlar parapet
to chancel, similar blind parapet to baptistry; cross finials.
West end: portal has elaborate central door in projecting
gableted surround flanked by 3-light windows: a door to each
return; nave has tripled 2-light windows, stepped spherical
triangle over, flanked by octagonal bell towers with slit
windows, louvred belfry openings, spires, and metal finials.
South transept has a blind arcade below round window with
spherical triangle to gable. 5-light window to north transept.
Decorative metal gate in front of chancel south door.
INTERIOR: pointed arched arcades and openings having clustered
columns with decorative leafy capitals. Vaulted wooden
ceilings with moulded ribs, pierced bands, and cusped trusses;
plainer roofs to aisles. Good quality fittings include marble
altar and reredos to Lady Chapel, tessellated chapel floors
and free standing stations of the cross.
(Balfour A: Portsmouth: Highgate Hill, N19: 1970-: 57, 58;
Lloyd DW: Buildings of Portsmouth and its Environs:
Portsmouth: 1974-: 129, 130; The Buildings of England: Pevsner
N & Lloyd DW: Hampshire and the Isle of Wight: Harmondsworth:
1973-: 431, 432; Hubbuck R: Portsmouth: 1969-1976: 21; Offord
J: Church, Chapels and Places of Worship on Portsea Island:

Southsea: 1989-: 102, 103, 104).

Listing NGR: SU6610802158

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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