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Augustus Pugin's home, St Augustine's Grange, Ramsgate

By KentOnline reporter

Fans of Victorian Gothic architecture will relish the chance to visit the former home of one of the giants of the age.

The restored home of the Pugin family at The Grange, Ramsgate
The restored home of the Pugin family at The Grange, Ramsgate

Historic St Augustine’s Grange was home to Augustus Pugin, the man credited with playing a large part in the design and shape of Britain.

From the Houses of Parliament to Alton Towers, to churches throughout the country and the furnishings of family homes, Pugin changed the face of Britain with his visionary Gothic architecture.

Pugin moved to Ramsgate in 1843 and it was in his library that he produced much of his finest work, including the designs for the House of Lords as well as those for the Medieval Court at the Great Exhibition.

He designed his final Ramsgate residency, The Grange, which is opening for visitors to explore the building and gardens for free.

The Grade I listed house, now run by the Landmark Trust, was influential on Victorian architecture.

Pugin built few domestic houses and at The Grange – a Grade I listed property – he created the ideal home for his family. He also began the construction of St Augustine’s monastery and parish church next door.

In 2010, the Landmark Trust acquired St Edward’s Presbytery, another building at risk on the site at Ramsgate, and details of Landmark’s scheme to restore the Presbytery will be on display during the open days.

Pugin died in 1852 at the age of just 40 years old.

All are welcome to the open days at The Grange in Ramsgate from Saturday, May 17, to Tuesday, May 20. There is no need to book.

A free information leaflet will be available to explain The Grange’s history and restoration.

Call 01628 825925.

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