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Restoration of one of Pugin's architectural gems

A Ramsgate landmark has been painstakingly restored to a point even its former resident - a world renowned English architect - would have been proud of.

The Grange, built in the 19th century and designed and lived in by Augustus Pugin, was rescued by the Landmark Trust in 1997.

The charity has spent years and more than £2.5 million restoring the Grade I listed Victorian building, which will now be let to holidaymakers in the summer.

It has also been awarded the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage, also known as the Europa Nostra Award, in recognition of its detailed restoration work.

Peter Pearce, director of the Landmark Trust, said: “We’re delighted that our hard work and the historical and architectural importance of The Grange has paid off.

“The Landmark Trust is proud to have saved this historic building and that it is now available for many thousands to enjoy.”


Augustus Pugin was born in 1812 and is best known for his work on the Houses of Parliament.

His architectural work included an impressive range of churches, schools, convents, monasteries and country houses.

He also designed the nearby St Augustine’s Church, where he was buried in 1852.

Pugin is honoured through a statue outside another of his Ramsgate creations - The Granville, on Victoria Parade.

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