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Westminster Cathedral

Posted: September 20, 2019 in History, London, UK
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Perhaps it could be described as the unknown cathedral of London – Westminster Cathedral, not to be confused with Westminster Abbey in Parliment Sq, is the mother church of the Roman Catholic church in England and Wales.

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It stands in Victoria on the site of an old prison. After some initial delays, construction started in 1895 and the cathedral was opened in 1903. It is built in the neo-byzantine style and was described by John Betjemen as’ a masterpiece in striped brick and stone in an intricate pattern of bonding, the domes being all brick in order to prove that good craftsmen have no need of steel or concrete’

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I was interested to see that many of the residential blocks which were built at the same time on the old prison site reflect the coloured stonework of the cathedral.

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Westminster Cathedral (4)

Posted: January 5, 2016 in London, UK
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I just love the variety of marble used for the Cathedral

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Westminster Cathedral (3)

Posted: December 30, 2015 in London, UK
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I just love the simple designs inside the Cathedral which seem to come together to create a wonderful richness.

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Westminster Cathedral (2)

Posted: December 28, 2015 in London, UK
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If I were asked to describe the interior of Westminster Cathedral I would probably come up with something like ‘Simple but ornate’. The simple use of plain blocks of marble create the most ornate effect. Hope the pictures portray it better than I can describe it!

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Westminster Cathedral (1)

Posted: December 22, 2015 in History, London, UK
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Keith and I visited Westminster Cathedral on one of our trips up to the centre of London. This can be regarded as London’s unknown Cathedral, probably even to most people who live in the city. It is often confused with Westminster Abbey on Parliament Square.

 

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Westminster Cathedral is in Victoria and is London’s Roman Catholic Cathedral. It’s name coming not from its geographical location but from it being the seat of the Archbishop of Westminster.

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The site, which had previously been a prison, was purchased by the Catholic church in 1885. It was some 10 years however before they were able to begin construction on the building, which is in the Byzantine style. It was opened in 1903 with the first service being held in June of that year. However, much interior work still remained to be completed and the cathedral was not completed until June 1910.

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Westminster Cathedral

Posted: January 14, 2015 in History, London, UK
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Perhaps it could be described as the unknown cathedral of London – Westminster Cathedral, not to be confused with Westminster Abbey in Parliment Sq, is the mother church of the Roman Catholic church in England and Wales.

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It stands in Victoria on the site of an old prison. After some initial delays, construction started in 1895 and the cathedral was opened in 1903. It is built in the neo-byzantine style and was described by John Betjemen as’ a masterpiece in striped brick and stone in an intricate pattern of bonding, the domes being all brick in order to prove that good craftsmen have no need of steel or concrete’

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I was interested to see that many of the residential blocks which were built at the same time on the old prison site reflect the coloured stonework of the cathedral.

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