Religious Freedom in a Changing World


From the end of the 17th Century a new spirit of toleration began to grow in English society. Eventually this led to the repeal of the Test and Corporation Acts in 1828, which had restricted the civil rights of Non-Conformists. In 1829 the Catholic Emancipation Act followed.



In 1850 the Roman Catholic hierarchy was restored, dioceses set up, and Nicholas Wiseman appointed first Archbishop of Westminster.

Nicholas Wiseman, first Archbishop of Westminster


Westminster Cathedral, started in 1895



At the same time the increase in urban population led to the creation of new Church of England dioceses.

The Cathedral of the Diocese of Liverpool which was founded in 1889