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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Saint Joseph's Cathedral, Swansea, Wales.

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Saint Joseph's Cathedral,
Greenhill, Swansea, Wales.
Photo: 2 August 2012.
Source: This file was derived from Saint Josephs Cathedral Swansea.JPG.
Derivative work: Rabanus Flavus.
(Wikimedia Commons)

The Cathedral Church of Saint Joseph – also known as Saint Joseph's Cathedral or Swansea Cathedral – is a Grade II-Listed Roman Catholic Cathedral in Swansea, Wales. It is the Seat of The Bishop of Menevia and Mother Church of The Diocese of Menevia. The Cathedral was built in the Late-19th-Century and is located in the Greenhill area of Swansea.

Originally built as a Church, Saint Joseph's was conceived by Father Wulstan Richards, OSB, who came to Greenhill in 1875. It was designed by Peter Paul Pugin and took two years to build at a cost of £10,000. The building was officially opened on 25 November 1888 while still under construction. Built as a Church, it was converted to a Cathedral in 1987 for the redefined Diocese of Menevia. It was designated a a Grade II Listed Building on 30 March 1987.

The Nave,
Saint Joseph's Cathedral,
Greenhill, Swansea, Wales.

The Plan of the building is that of an Apsidal Chancel, flanked by Side Chapels, with a Seven-Bay Aisled Nave, a Polygonal Tower with Spire in the North-West corner and twin Porches on the Western facade. Its walls are Coursed Bull-Nosed Masonry with Bath Stone Dressings and Red Dumfries Stone in the Nave Piers and Responds.

The Cathedral has a modern Pantile Roof and there is a Gabled Parapet, topped with a Finial, on the Western Side of the building above a small Arched Opening over a Four-Light geometric Traceried Window.

The Nave has Three-Light Clerestory Traceried Windows and the East facade has a Lower-Clerestory and a Three-Light Window under a Corbelled Gable with a Finial. The Ceiling has Radiating Ribs that extend to the Walls.

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