West Window

West Window Restoration Appeal

About the Window

The treasured West Window was designed by Lavers, Barraud and Westlake and it is made up of six lights (vertical sections) and three large tracery cinquefoils plus associated eyelets. The window was first installed in 1906 and covers a total area of 228 square feet or 70 square metres and contains approximately 9,700 panes of glass.

The West Window exquisitely depicts six adored Catholic saints, St Swithun, St John the Evangelist, St Mary Immaculate, St Edmund, St John the Baptist, and St Wilfred.

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We are appealing for help after a deterioration in the lead work and storms in early 2022 led to the near collapse of the cathedral’s striking West Window.

The window began to collapse in January 2023, requiring scaffolding to be erected to hold it in place. In early July 2023, specialist contractors removed the glass to their workshop for restoration. The total cost of the restoration is estimated to be more than £100,000.

Watch Fr James McAuley, Dean of the cathedral, as he talks to The Portsmouth News about the restoration project.


Father McAuley explained: "The total cost of the restoration project is expected to be more than £100,000, which is far beyond the means of the cathedral parish, situated in one of the poorest parts of the diocese. The cost of restoration of the image of each saint is about £5,000, and of each of the 9,700 pieces, the cost is just over £10."

You are invited to donate any amount, perhaps in memory of a loved one, to help with the cost of the restoration. Cheques may be sent directly to the cathedral or paid into the cathedral parish bank account (CDP St John’s Cathedral; Sort code 30-93-04; Account number 0088 3884). People may also text WINDOW to 70560 to donate £10 to the appeal. Texts cost the donation amount plus one standard network rate message, and donors will receive periodic updates on the campaign. To donate without being updated, text WINDOWNOINFO instead.

The names of donors will be recorded in a special commemorative book at the Cathedral.


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