Basic Site Details

Name: St John the Baptist Cathedral
Town, district or village: St John's
City or county: Newfoundland
Country: Canada
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Notes: G G Scott superseded the Irish stonemason architect James Purcell whose scheme was abandoned in June 1845; temporary church burnt June 1846. Scott's scheme adopted March 1847. Hay sailed for Newfoundland in April. The dressed work was sent out ready cut from Giffnock. Nave complete 21 September 1850. Choir and trnasepts completed by G G Scott junior. Church burnt July 1892. Restpration completed 1905.

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Cathedral  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 81840s Plans drawn upScheme abandoned June 1845.
Item 2 of 8June 1846 Destruction/demolitionTemporary church burnt.
Item 3 of 818471850 Executed nave of St John's Cathedral for Sir G G Scott
Item 4 of 8March 1847 Plans approved 
Item 5 of 821 September 1850 CompletionNave completed
Item 6 of 81885  Reredos
Item 7 of 8July 1892 Destruction/demolitionChurch burnt
Item 8 of 81905 Restoration 


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 6William HayArchitectA18471850Executed nave of St John's Cathedral for Sir G G Scott.
Item 2 of 6(Sir) George Gilbert ScottArchitect, Architectural practiceH1847 Scheme adopted
Item 3 of 6George Gilbert Scott (junior)ArchitectKAfter 1850 Choir and transepts completed.
Item 4 of 6George HendersonArchitectB1885 Reredos
Item 5 of 6Hay & HendersonArchitectural practiceB1885 Reredos
Item 6 of 6William HayArchitectB1885 Reredos


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 6Bremner, G A2013Imperial Gothic: Religious Archtiecture and High Anglican Culture in the British Empire, c.1840-1870 YAle UPpp91-97, 228-30
Item 2 of 6Clarke, Basil F L1958Anglican cathedrals outside the British Isles   
Item 3 of 6Coffman, Peter2007ST John's Anglican Cathedral and the Beginnings of Ecclesiological Gothic in Newfoundland Journal for the Study of Architecture in Canada, 32:1 
Item 4 of 6Coffman, Peter2008Newfoundland Gothic Quebecpp77-112, 157-168
Item 5 of 6RSA1887   720
Item 6 of 6Victorian Society Ecclesiology Abroad: The British Empire and Beyond4The Victorian Society: Studies in Victorian Architecture & DesignChapter 3: Peter Coffman: The Introduction of Ecclesiology in Nova Scotia, p80 (illustration 5)

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDrawings Collection Original drawings XSD/384/1