St Edward's Presbytery

Ramsgate, Kent

Overview

St Edward’s Presbytery was built by Augustus Welby Pugin in 1850, part of this great architect’s original conception for this  important Gothic revival site on the West Cliffs.

  • CotCot
  • Fire or StoveFire or Stove
  • Parking AvailableParking Available
  • BathBath
  • Bath with ShowerBath with Shower
  • DishwasherDishwasher
  • MicrowaveMicrowave

Beds 1 Twin, 1 Double

Sleeps
4
4 nights from
£264 equivalent to £16.50 per person, per night

Augustus Pugin’s family home

A. W. N. Pugin, master of the Gothic Revival, came to Ramsgate in 1843 for "the delight of the sea with catholic architecture & a Library." He sought to create his ideal of medieval life: a Catholic church and Benedictine monastery, with a family home in their benevolent shadow. That home is The Grange, another Landmark; St Augustine's church is still a thriving centre for Catholicism and and those interested in the Pugins. The monastery next door, completed by his son Edward, is now a spiritual retreat.

A glimpse of the sea

Part of Pugin’s original vision for the site was this Presbytery. Started in 1850, this attractive, compact house at the gates of The Grange was intended as a home for the secular priest to serve Pugin’s Catholic church next door. This was bold: there had been few Catholic presbyteries or churches built in England since the Reformation. The house provided a set of rooms for the priest on the first and second floors with a glimpse of the sea from their south-facing windows.

Edward Pugin's studio

The Presbytery has much restrained Pugin detailing to admire, although this simple house was not given the rich interiors of The Grange. It housed priests for only a few years. In the 1860s, Edward Pugin added a well-lit studio overlooking the courtyard of The Grange for his own architectural practice. Pugins lived here until 1928, when the Presbytery became part of the monks’ school.

We acquired the Presbytery, left at risk when the monks moved away, to protect this remarkable Gothic Revival site and enable smaller parties the chance to experience it, and lively Ramsgate too.

‘The Wednesday afternoon tour is a must, though it’s rather strange being shown around your own home!’

From the logbook at The Grange

Floor Plan

Access to Pugin’s studio is via a separate staircase from an entrance in the courtyard and not from inside the Presbytery itself.



Supporters of St Edward's Presbytery

We are hugely grateful to those who have supported St Edward's Presbytery, including:

Guardians:
Mr J Scott

Major Donors:
Mr R Jenkinson

Patrons:
Mr T Youngman, Mr A Bartleet, Mr D Holberton, Mr R Nelson, Mr B Sealey CBE  

Legacies:
Mrs S Preston, Mrs J Abrams, Miss J Suter

Charitable Trusts and Statutory Grants:
Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, The Syder Foundation

 

Map & local info

Certain rooms on the ground floor of The Grange next door and the Cartoon Room in its grounds are open for guided visits on Wednesday afternoons between 2p.m and 4p.m.  These tours are by appointment only through Catriona Blaker Tel: (01843) 596401.  The viewable rooms are the hall, sitting room, dining room, library and chapel.

Visit the magnificent St Augustine's Church, the 'ideal Church' that Pugin built next door to his family home.

Take a short walk from here into the centre of the seaside town of Ramsgate with its fine examples of historical architecture, its bustling harbour with a Maritime Museum and its popular sandy bay. Go underground to explore the secret network of wartime tunnels, which formed a town below Ramsgate itself.

Nearby in Margate is the award-winning Turner Contemporary which showcases contemporary and historical art in new and dynamic ways. Entry is free. 

The Montefiore Arms at 1 Trinity Place, Ramsgate, CT11 7HJ, has been feted by the Financial Times as offering some of the country's best cask beer selections. 

In August, enjoy the array of artistic events provided by local and internatonal artists during the Summer Squall Festival.  

For more ideas and information on things to see and do during your stay at The Grange, take a look at our Pinterest page.

Please Note: The Landmark Trust does not take any responsibility and makes no warranties, representations or undertakings about the content of any website accessed by hypertext link. Links should not be taken as an endorsement of any kind. The Landmark Trust has no control over the availability of the linked pages.

St Edward's Presbytery
Ramsgate, Kent
Clear directions
FAQs

    What you need to know about this building

  • Does the property allow dogs?

    No.
  • How is the property accessed?

    Directly from the main road.
  • What is the nearest railway station and how far away is it?

    Ramsgate – 1 mile.
  • Is there car parking specifically for Landmark guests?

    No – but there is plenty of parking in the Royal Esplanade, a short walk from the property.
  • What type of heating does the property have?

    There is a gas fired central heating system and two open fires.
  • How can I get fuel for the open fire or stove?

    Logs may be purchased and delivered under a private arrangement. Further details will be provided with your booking confirmation.
  • What are the kitchen facilities?

    The kitchen is fully equipped with all plates, cutlery, fridge etc.
    There is also a gas cooker, dishwasher and a microwave.
  • What are the bathroom facilities?

    There is one bathroom with a bath and an ensuite bathroom with a shower over the bath.
  • Does this Landmark have steep, narrow or spiral stairs?

    Yes, the stairs are steep and twist at the top.
  • Is there a garden or outside space?

    There is an enclosed garden.

    Booking and Payment

  • What happens if I can’t get to the Landmark due to bad weather?

    If the weather is bad, please contact our booking office who will be able to tell you whether the Landmark is accessible. If the housekeeper can safely get to the building to prepare it then we consider that it is open and available for guests. However if we cannot undertake a changeover then we will do our utmost to transfer your stay to another Landmark, depending on what we have available. It may not be of a similar size or in the same part of the country as your original booking. If the building is accessible but the customer cannot travel due to poor weather in his/her local area then please be aware that Landmark will not provide a refund. However the customer may be able to claim on his/her own travel insurance. We recommend that all guests take out travel insurance when they first secure a booking.
  • How can I pay?

    We accept Maestro (if issued in the UK), Visa, MasterCard, direct transfer and sterling cheques drawn on a UK bank. Cheques should be made payable to the Landmark Trust except for Lundy stays and boat/helicopter tickets which should be payable to The Lundy Company Ltd. All payments must be in sterling.
  • How do I create an account?

    If you have not used the Landmark online booking facility before and you wish to register in advance, you can set up an on-line account by following the instructions below:

    Go to the Landmark home page and click on Gift shop (located at the top of the home page in red).

    Select a gift (e.g. Landmark Handbook or Anniversary Mug) and complete the ‘Amount required’ box. There is no need to complete the purchase but this step is necessary in order to bring up the registration page.

    Click ‘Next Step’ at the bottom of the page.

    This will bring you to the ‘Your details’ page.

    Please complete all the fields (name, address, contact details and create an account). Click on the green ‘Create Account’ button once you have finished.

    At the top of the page headed ‘Your details’ there will be a grey box saying ‘Signed in’ and underneath this it will say ‘you are currently signed in as ….

    Here you will also have the option to ‘Sign out’. Please do so and that is your registration completed.

    Please return to the Landmark home page.

    To check your registration or update your account details at any time please ‘Sign in’ using the icon in the top right-hand corner of the home page.

    If you experience any problems in registering or setting up your on-line account please contact webmaster@landmarktrust.org.uk.
  • How do I pick up the key?

    There are various arrangements for picking up keys. To arrange to get into the Landmark, please contact the housekeeper at least two days before your stay
  • Can I pay a deposit?

    If your stay starts more than three months from the date you make the booking, you are required to pay a deposit of one third of the cost of your stay (or £100 per booking, if greater) at the time of booking. Camping on Lundy must be paid for in full at the time of booking.
  • How can I cancel or change my booking?

    If you wish to cancel or change your booking, please contact our Booking Office on 01628 825925
  • Do you accept payment in other currencies?

    At the moment we only accept payment in sterling.
  • What if I arrive late?

    Please let the housekeeper know if you are going to arrive late and s/he will leave a key for you in a suitable place.
  • How far in advance do I need to book?

    It depends. Some of our most popular Landmarks are booked up a long time in advance, but many can be booked at short notice. We will always have Landmarks free for the coming weekend so it’s always worth checking our availability list.
  • Do you have to be a member to book a Landmark?

    No, Landmarks are available to be booked for anyone.
  • Do I need a Handbook to be able to book?

    No, all the information you need can be found on our website, although we’d like you to buy one anyway as it will be a pleasure to own!

    Staying at a Landmark

  • Are Landmarks accessible for people with disabilities or limited mobility?

    Some of our Landmarks are suitable for people with disabilities or limited mobility. However, many Landmarks have steep or narrow staircases, uneven floors and thresholds, changes of level, low ceilings or beams, as well as indistinct colours on steps and in corridors. We recommend that you call Booking Enquiries on 01628 825925 if you would like to find out the suitability of a particular Landmark for anyone with a specific disability.
  • Are Landmarks only available as self-catering accommodation?

    Yes, Landmarks are only available as self-catering accommodation. We do not offer bed and breakfast.
  • Do you provide catering?

    Landmark does not provide catering, but we can recommend Greycoat Lumleys who can arrange for expert and well-trained staff to cater for one evening or for your entire holiday. Their cooks and chefs are able to work with you to meet your specific requirements
  • Do you allow dogs?

    You may bring up to two dogs to properties where dogs are allowed (please see specific property details for exemptions however dogs are not permitted on Lundy except assistance dogs). They must be kept off the furniture and under proper control.
  • Can I bring a pet?

    Apart from two dogs (see above) no other pets are permitted.
  • Am I insured if I break something?

    We do not carry insurance for breakages. However we appreciate that accidents do sometimes happen. If you have a breakage during your stay, please let the housekeeper know and if appropriate we reserve the right to invoice you accordingly.
  • Are Landmarks suitable for children?

    Yes, most of our Landmarks are perfect for children, with gardens to play in and secret places to discover. Our furniture is surprisingly robust and we positively encourage families to stay. However, some of our buildings may not be suitable for small children; for example, some of them have steep or uneven spiral staircases. We recommend that you call the Booking Enquiries team if you would like to find out the suitability of any of our Landmarks for young children.
  • Can I get married in a Landmark?

    Unfortunately, most of our Landmarks are not licensed for weddings. However, you may get married on Lundy.
  • Can I hold a big party in a Landmark?

    All our larger Landmarks are perfect for gatherings of family or friends. You may invite an additional two guests to visit you during your stay, however they must not stay overnight. This is very important because our fire regulations specifically note the maximum number of people in any one building. In addition our properties are prepared, furnished and equipped for the number of people specified and greater numbers cause damage and excessive wear and tear to vulnerable buildings. Should this condition be ignored we shall make a retrospective charge per person per day (whether or not they stay overnight) for each guest over the permitted limit, the charge being pro-rated on the total cost of your booking.
  • Are there televisions in the buildings?

    We deliberately do not provide televisions and find that most people appreciate this.
  • Why are your access tracks sometimes difficult?

    One of the challenges of restoring unloved buildings is gaining access to them. We frequently have to negotiate rights with our neighbours and share tracks with them. In many cases tracks do not belong to us and we have no right to maintain them. Wherever possible we work with our neighbours to provide you with a good quality surface, but where this is a problem then you will be warned at the time of booking.
  • Will there be sockets for my electrical appliances?

    Yes, we have standard electricity sockets for UK appliances. If you are coming from outside the UK, you will need to bring your own adaptor plug(s). If you are visiting one of our European properties we have standard European electricity sockets. If you are visting from the UK, you will need to bring your own adapter plug (s).

    Facilities

  • Are the kitchens and bathrooms restored to a modern standard?

    Sometimes our kitchens and bathrooms have to be imaginatively fitted into the available space in buildings where before there were none, but they are all planned and equipped to a high and modern standard.
  • Is linen provided?

    Yes, Landmarks are fully equipped with sheets and towels. All the beds are fully made up for your arrival.
  • Are the kitchens fully equipped?

    Yes, our kitchens are well equipped with cookers and fridges. There are freezers and dishwashers (in larger buildings) and, where space allows, microwaves as well as a wide and standard range of utensils. A full equipment list is available at time of booking.
  • Do you provide logs for the open fire/stove?

    Logs are provided at many of our Landmarks for an additional cost.
  • Will there be a mobile signal in the Landmark I book?

    Mobile coverage varies. Some Landmarks have an excellent signal, but others have none at all. If you are concerned, you can check with the housekeeper before your arrival.
  • Is there Wi-Fi in your buildings?

    No. At the moment, we have decided not to implement Wi-Fi in our buildings following a consultation with our customers. Many said that they would find it useful, but many also felt that it would somehow damage the experience of staying in a Landmark. As the responses were so split, and as we have so many other initiatives requiring funding, we have decided to put this on hold for the time being.
  • What should I bring with me? Are there toilet rolls, soap, shampoo, milk, teabags, coffee, hairdryer?

    A welcome tray with tea and sugar awaits your arrival and you will find a pint of milk in the fridge. We also provide toilet rolls and a bar of soap per basin, but no other toiletries. We do not provide hairdryers.
History

Pugin's personal project

St Edward’s Presbytery was built by Augustus Welby Pugin in 1850, and formed part of this great architect’s original conception for his site on the West Cliffs in Ramsgate. It appears in the bird’s eye view Pugin submitted to the Royal Academy in 1849, albeit half obscured behind the church and the gatehouse (now lost).

An ideal of medieval life

Pugin’s vision for Ramsgate was to create a perfect community here: a home for his own large family - The Grange; a magnificent new Catholic church - St Augustines; and between the two, a house for the priest who would mediate between the divine and secular worlds - St Edward’s Presbytery.

The boldness of this enterprise, when Catholicism had been illegal in England for centuries, and the process of Catholic emancipation was still underway, was remarkable. With anti-Catholic riots in Ramsgate and many other towns in the early 1850s, Pugin's priest’s house had no ground floor windows on the street and a sturdy front door, for good reason. Building a presbytery on an English town street was brave as well as ambitious.

St Edward’s Presbytery was bound up closely in the tragedy of Pugin’s last years. From his beginnings as a stage carpenter at Covent Garden, his career had been a whirlwind. He married his third wife Jane in his mid-30s, and for the following three years was simultaneously finishing the House of Commons, designing the Gothic Court for the Great Exhibition and building St Edward’s Presbytery. The pressure bore down on him and in 1852 he was declared insane and confined in Bethlehem Hospital - Bedlam. Jane brought him back to Ramsgate, tired and troubled, and here he died, aged just 40. 

Jane lived on at Ramsgate, moving into St Edward’s Presbytery herself, from where her step-son Edward Pugin continued his father’s architectural practice. When The Grange suffered a serious fire in 1904, newspaper reports reveal that Jane, by now in her late 70s, was fortuitously resident in The Presbytery. We believe the datestones 1827 and 1909 at the rear entrance record her lifespan, lived mostly at this site. Her son, Cuthbert also lived out his life here, dying in 1928. 

Boarding school accommodation

In 1928, both The Presbytery and The Grange were bought by the Benedictine monks, as ancillary classrooms and accommodation for their flourishing boys’ boarding school. When the Landmark Trust acquired The Grange from private owners in 1997, St Edward’s Presbytery still belonged to the Benedictine monks of St Augustine’s Monastery. It was sheltering a dwindling community of elderly nuns, while the former classrooms added in the 20th century, one known as the Parish Room, were used for church meetings. 

When the monks put The Presbytery up for sale in 2010, Landmark decided it was so integral to the site that the trust could not risk it passing into other ownership, and took the rare step of purchasing the Presbytery. Restored and with later inferior additions removed, this pretty gabled house by the sea now has a new lease of life. 

Restoration

We acquired the Presbytery, left at risk when the monks moved away, to protect this remarkable Gothic Revival site and enable smaller parties the chance to experience it, and lively Ramsgate too.

The Presbytery itself has been returned to a form in which it existed during the early part of Edward Pugin’s tenure, and one that would still be recognisable to his father, Augustus. The original floor plan will has been reinstated and two bedrooms provide accommodation for up to four people. Primary joinery and fireplaces have been conserved.

The ill-conceived 20th-century accretions have also been removed to recover the form envisaged by Augustus Pugin, while respecting the considered changes made by Edward Pugin, who added a drawing office.

 

Experience the presbytery

For up to 4 people


St Edward’s Presbytery was built by Augustus Welby Pugin in 1850, and formed part of this great architect’s original conception for his site on the West Cliffs in Ramsgate.


Book a stay >

Availability & booking

Select a changeover day to start your booking...


What's a changeover day? and Why can't I select other dates?
Explain MoreQuestion

A changeover day is a particular day of the week when holidays start and end at our properties. These tend to be on a Friday or a Monday but can sometimes vary. All stays run from one changeover day until another changeover day.