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Imperial to InternationalA History of St John's Cathedral Hong Kong$
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Stuart Wolfendale

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9789888139873

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888139873.001.0001

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Genesis, 1841–1850

Genesis, 1841–1850

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Imperial to International

Stuart Wolfendale

Hong Kong University Press

On 11 March 1847, the governor, Sir John Davis laid the foundation stone of St John’s. It took seven years to start the construction of the Cathedral. In 1843, Reverend Vincent J. Stanton became the new chaplain in Hong Kong. He had clear views of the Cathedral’s status and established St Paul’s College. The Cathedral went through three plans: Hardwick’s Gothic design was the first, then the surveyor-general A.T. Gordon ordered a revision, driving for economy and simplicity. Later, Gordon’s successor Charles Cleverly made another series of modifications to Gordon’s designs. The project faced a budgetary crisis and went through a series fundraising during the construction phase, but the Cathedral finally opened its doors in 1849.

Keywords:   St John’s Cathedral, Hong Kong, Anglican Church, Sir John Davis, Foundation stone, Reverend Vincent J. Stanton, St Paul’s College, Philip Hardwick, A.T. Gordon, Charles Cleverly

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