The Diocese of Portsmouth was founded in 1882, taking areas that were formerly part of the Diocese of Southwark. It encompasses the counties of Hampshire, Berkshire (south of the Thames), Oxfordshire (south of the Thames), Dorset (the Bournemouth area), the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands. The cathedral is in Portsmouth and is dedicated to St John the Evangelist. 116 churches were visited for Taking Stock (2007).

Bournemouth – Our Lady Immaculate

A building of some historical interest for its possible Nonconformist origins and later Catholic use, internally... Read More

Bournemouth – Our Lady Queen of Peace and Blessed Margaret Pole

A good and complete example of the basilican style, popular in the mid-twentieth century. The interest of the building... Read More

Bournemouth – Sacred Heart

The first Catholic church to be built in Bournemouth. The original church and presbytery were designed by Henry... Read More

Bournemouth – St Thomas More

A loosely Italianate basilican design by T. H. B. Scott, with a well-composed facade and an attractive... Read More

Bournemouth – The Annunciation

The first independent work of architecture by [Sir] Giles Gilbert Scott, the architect of Liverpool Anglican Cathedral,... Read More

Bracknell – St Joseph

A good example of church-building ideas around 1960, influenced by the architect’s visit to Scandinavia in 1956. The... Read More

Brockenhurst – St Anne

A simple, nicely-detailed example of the round-arched style which flourished in the first half of the twentieth... Read More

Chandlers Ford – St Edward the Confessor

An attractive essay in the Arts & Crafts tradition, by W. H. Randoll Blacking, a pupil of Sir Ninian Comper. The... Read More

Christchurch – Immaculate Conception and St Joseph

A modest single-cell Gothic Revival structure of the 1860s, with associations with the eccentric character Baron Corvo.... Read More

Crowthorne – Holy Ghost

A buff-brick church with a certain distinction both internally and externally. The elevation to the road is the most... Read More

Didcot – English Martyrs

A functional design of the 1960s.Mass was said at the military camp at Didcot from 1915, and from 1926 this was... Read More

East Hendred – St Mary

The epitome of Romantic feudal Catholicism. The church, linked presbytery and school are all by C. A. Buckler, a... Read More

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