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St Edward’s Presbytery on St Augustine’s Road, Ramsgate is just part of the original religious community that was Pugin’s master plan.
“I have purchased a fine piece of Land about an acre facing the Sea at Ramsgate close to the spot where blessed Austin Landed. I shall not erect a grecian villa but a most substantial catholic house not very Large but convenient & solid & there is every prospect of a small church on the same ground which will be delightful. When this is finished I shall hope to induce you to come to me & enjoy what is so rarely to be attained – the delight of the sea with catholic architecture & a Library.”
St Edward’s Presbytery from roof of The Grange
St Augustine’s from the Roof of The Grange
Thus wrote Augustus Pugin to his friend John Rouse Bloxam in 1843 and quoted in the little guide to The Grange published by The Landmark Trust.
On Wednesday afternoons The Landmark Trust organise public tours of The Grange. As we were staying at the Presbytery we could join the tour for free and it was also interesting in that we met the Landmarkers who were occupying the Grange that week. The next day we invited them to come and have a long round our Presbytery and they kindly invited us back to see the upstairs and other rooms not included on the public tour.
The Tour Begins with an Introductory Talk in the Cartoon Room
You can read all about the history of the site here.
The Grange and Church overlook the English Channel
The Pentice, or Covered Walkway to the Front Door of The Grange
Pugin’s Tiles (everywhere). The bird is a Martlet
AWN Pugin’s Desk at The Grange
The Pugin Library
The Dining Room
The Sitting Room Fireplace
A W N Pugin
Jane Pugin, his third wife
In Addition to The Presbytery and The Grange Residents in each Property have Access to Edward’s Study which is also bookable for Approved Private Events. Edward Pugin was Augustus’s son.
Finally, after the tour, we rounded off our afternoon of all things Pugin with a visit to St Augustine’s church next door which is open daily. Here Pugin and members of his family are buried and work is being carried out to make improvements and repairs with a view to opening a Visitor Centre and developing the site generally to make it into a “visitor destination”.
The Pugin Chantry designed by him and his son Edward. The Family Vault lies below