Westminster Cathedral


John Francis Bentley, 1839–1902

london, UK; 1895–1903

Religious and political upheavals in the sixteenth century left England’s medieval churches in the hands of the Church of England, with the monarch and the archbishops of Canterbury and York at the top of its hierarchy. Roman Catholics were disenfranchised and barred from public office until 1829, when their legal status was restored. Pope Pius IX decreed a network of English Roman Catholic bishops in 1850, and there were early attempts to start work on a cathedral in London. A site was acquired, and the old prison that had been on it was demolished, but the funds for ...

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