The large cosmatesque pulpit is used on great feasts. Here it is shown with its splendid sounding board - later removed when the marble decoration on the piers was elaborated.
The pulpit was originally smaller, but was enlarged (to mark the jubilee of priesthood of Cardinal Bourne) so that it could accommodate the Archbishop's retinue - the bearer of the Metropolitan Cross, his train-bearer and Master of Ceremonies.
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".