Kent Archaeological Society Outing (27/05/2009)

Visit to The Grange at Ramsgate

I set off to Ramsgate on a wet blustery day to take part in a guided tour of The Grange at Ramsgate organised by the Kent Archaeological Society. It is a Grade I listed building built as a family home by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin. He was a prolific Gothic Revival architect and designer in the first half of the 19th century and is probably most famously known for the interior design of the Houses of Parliament. He was a devout convert to English Catholicism and designed many religious buildings including St Augustine’s Church adjacent to his house. He died aged 40, probably due to the mercury medication prescribed for a recurring eye inflammation.

The Landmark Trust, a building preservation charity that rescues historic buildings at risk and lets them out as holiday homes, restored The Grange in 2004. It offers private guided tours to groups.