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).

Isle of Wight (Ryde) – St Mary

A ‘rogue’ Gothic design of great strength and personality. The church is important as an early yet accomplished... Read More

Isle of Wight (Sandown) – St Patrick

Church by W.C. Mangan, unusual in being closely modelled on the important Irish Arts & Crafts chapel at Honan,... Read More

Isle of Wight (Seaview) – Holy Cross

A modest 1950s church, not unattractive and with a devotional atmosphere inside.  Helen Gladstone, sister of the... Read More

Isle of Wight (Shanklin) – Sacred Heart

A good example of a small 1950s church building of some character and distinctive design, by a local architect.  The... Read More

Isle of Wight (Totland Bay) – St Saviour

Church designed by the Preston-based architect, Wilfrid C. Mangan, who worked extensively in Portsmouth diocese. In... Read More

Isle of Wight (Ventnor) – Our Lady and St Wilfrid

A mid-Victorian Gothic design, seriously damaged by fire in 2006 and subsequently demolished and replaced with a new... Read More

Jersey (Gorey) – Church of the Assumption

A small chapel built for the Bible Christian Methodists, which became a cinema before being acquired by the Catholic... Read More

Jersey (Samares) – St Patrick

Post-war church of limited architectural interest, but containing some furnishings of high quality. During the... Read More

Jersey (St Brelade) – Sacred Heart

Although not adventurous or ground-breaking in its design or layout, this is a solid, pleasingly rugged and... Read More

Jersey (St Helier) – St Thomas

The principal Catholic church in Jersey, and one of the finest in the diocese. Built of Brittany granite in the French... Read More

Jersey (St Martin) – Our Lady of the Annunciation and the Martyrs of Japan

The oldest surviving purpose-built Catholic church on Jersey. Granite-built structure of 1863, in thirteenth century... Read More

Jersey (St Peter) – St Matthew

Imposing granite church of 1872, in French thirteenth century Gothic style by Frangeul, architect of St Thomas’... Read More

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