insideKENT Magazine Issue 49 - April 2016 - Page 96

VISITKENT Explore Thanet cont. RAMSGATE St Augustine's © Michael Desbruslais The Grange Augustus Pugin was an artist, architect and designer who was particularly known for his work in the Gothic Revival style. He is famous for designing the interior of the Palace of Westminster, as well as Elizabeth Tower (more commonly known as Big Ben). His legacy is all around us, and his links to Ramsgate are important ones. are available for self-catering holidays, and can be booked through www.landmarktrust.org.uk. Weekly guided tours of the ground floor of The Grange take place every Wednesday afternoon (with the exception of times during the Christmas and New Year periods). This fascinating tour must be booked in advance. To do so, contact Catriona Blaker between 6pm and 8pm on 01843 596401. Entry is £4. A small exhibition room, the Cartoon Room, provides information about the building, its history and the Pugin Proposed Sanctuary family. The Cartoon Room is open on Wednesday afternoons from 2-4pm or by appointment, and it is free to enter. Pugin came to Ramsgate in 1843 and over the next year designed and built his family home by the sea. The Grange, as it was known, was groundbreaking in terms of its style, and is known as one of the most important pieces of Gothic Revival architecture in the world. After much detailed research, the Landmark Trust have been able to restore The Grange to its former splendour, and the colourful interiors feature Pugin’s own personally designed wallpaper. There are magnificent stained glass windows and impressive stone fireplaces throughout the house, a beautiful family chapel, and the entire look is simply breathtaking. Pugin converted to Catholicism when he was 22 in 1834, and his designs and the house itself reflect this throughout. But The Grange also shows the man’s personality, and how much he cared for his family; through a visit to Pugin’s house, it is possible to come away with a sense of him, and to understand him all the better for it. The integral tower allows unparalleled views over the entire St Augustine’s site. As well as the house, Pugin purchased a small church on the same St Augustine’s site which he worked on at his own expense. This was the personal church of the Pugin family, and it is where Augustus Pugin himself is buried. Pugin worked on the church between 1845 and 1852 and St Edward's Presbytery, also part of Pugin’s vision for a Gothic Revival, has also been restored by the Landmark Trust. Both The Grange and St Edward’s 96