Catholic-convert Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin is perhaps most famous for designing the rich interiors of the Houses of Parliament. From 1843, however, he was designing his own family home on a plot of land in Ramsgate, Kent. The Grange was joined by a series of buildings, including a presbytery, parish church and a monastery, all designed in the Gothic architectural style to facilitate his ideal of life in the Medieval Ages. Sadly Pugin died at only 40 years old in 1852, just two years after the jewel-bright interiors of the Grange were completed.
Image: A True Prospect of St Augustine’s Church now erecting at Ramsgate in the Isle of Thanet, painted by Augustus Pugin in 1849.