An old coloured postcard of the Cathedral, pre-1930. Note that the road runs in front of the West Door (indeed, quite a road junction!). The tympanum over the door is not yet in place. The image gives a grand impression of a cascade of domes and turrets.
Westminster Cathedral is the mother church of the Roman Catholic community in England and Wales. This extraordinary house of God was opened in 1903, and its distinctive Byzantine architecture provides the visitor with what Sir John Betjeman called "a series of surprises".