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Norwich Cathedral (Catholic) (Norwich)

St. John the Baptist is the Catholic cathedral serving the wonderful old city of Norwich.

It is situated not far from the city centre, on the outer side of the ring road.

Henry, 15th Duke of Norfolk, provided the initial money, having been approached by local Catholics, and a site was found, by purchasing the old city gaol.

George Gilbert Scott junior was commissioned to design the church, and work started in 1884.

However, Scott's mental health declined and he resigned in 1894, being succeeded at Norwich by his brother John Oldrid Scott.

The nave opened in 1894, and the rest of the church in 1910.

St. John the Baptist is 275 feet long and, 80 feet high, with a tower and pinnacles.

It was raised to cathedral status in 1976.

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