Better it is to do a little substantially and consistently with
truth, than to produce a great fictitious effect
When I subsequently visited Pugin’s ‘Little Gem’, St Giles Church in Cheadle, Staffordshire, my love of his work was solidified. St Giles’ richly decorated interiors gave me an insight into the splendors that would have once adorned the Towers and a real sense of Pugin’s thoughts, hopes, and dreams for the future of Gothic.
I first became familiar with the name Augustus Pugin through reading one of my now most treasured books, Alton Towers: A Gothic Wonderland, by Michael Fisher. Fascinated by the ruins, I wanted to learn all I could about them. With every page I become more enthralled by their history and the rich descriptions of how magnificent they had once been. Whilst there were many other architects and craftsmen involved in creating the Towers, it is undoubtedly Pugin’s passion and vision that left the biggest mark.
It is said that Pugin fitted one hundred years of work into his short life of forty years and, when I began to explore his legacy further, I could see how one could easily believe that to be true. Most famously known for his work on the interiors of the Palace of Westminster and its iconic Elizabeth tower, he was also the architect of over one hundred buildings, not only in the UK but also Ireland and Australia.
My travels in search of the beautiful...
Galleries and bios of Pugin’s buildings I have visited so far are in postcode order below, or click on the map link to view them by location.
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If you would like to discover more about Pugin & his work then please be sure to visit the Pugin Society at www.thepuginsociety.co.uk
If you are planning on visiting one of the sites mentioned, please make sure that you check the opening times before venturing out.