Augustus Pugin (1812-1852) was an English architect, designer and artist who is principally remembered for his pioneering role in the Gothic Revival architecture of the early nineteenth century, including the interior of the Palace of Westminster (Parliament) and many churches in England, Ireland and even Australia.
His own home, ‘The Grange’, and the adjoining church – the (Roman) Catholic Shrine of St Augustine are in Ramsgate and we visited there today.
The sloping roof above conceals a tunnel that runs under the road to a Benedictine monastery so the monks could enter in all weather.
Pugin’s intricate vestment designs are legendary, but the overwhelming architectural prowess and his love of highly detailed craftsmanship in all forms and materials is extraordinary.
There is a series of Stations of the Cross added after his death, designed by one of his sons, which are very elaborate but a bit overpowering in one continuous line.