Heritage Open Days

08 Sep 2017 - 12 Sep 2017

Part of Heritage Open Day Scheme

Friday 8 to Monday 11 September 10am to 4pm and Tuesday 12 September 10am to 1pm

A.W.N. Pugin, master of the Gothic Revival, came to Ramsgate in 1843. 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, the idiosyncratic and colourful world of a most brilliant designer.
The Presbytery was started in 1850. This attractive, compact house at the gates of The Grange was intended as a home for the priest who served the church - St. Augustine's - next door.
In the 1860s, Pugin's son Edward took residence and added a well-lit studio for his own architectural practice.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 Grange next door will also be open over the weekend.