The Restoration of St Edward’s Presbytery, Ramsgate

  • © John Miller Photography
  • © John Miller Photography
  • © Thomas Ford and Partners
  • © Thomas Ford and Partners
  • © Thomas Ford and Partners
  • © John Miller Photography
  • © John Miller Photography
  • © Thomas Ford and Partners
  • © John Miller Photography
  • © Thomas Ford and Partners
  • © John Miller Photography
  • © Thomas Ford and Partners
  • © John Miller Photography
  • © Thomas Ford and Partners
  • © John Miller Photography
  • © Thomas Ford and Partners
  • © Thomas Ford and Partners
  • © Thomas Ford and Partners
  • © Thomas Ford and Partners
  • © John Miller Photography

Application Type

AABC Conservation

Level of Award

Commendation

Region

South East

Local Authority Area

Thanet

Information about this scheme

In 1843 AWN Pugin built The Grange at Ramsgate overlooking the shore to which St Augustine brought Christianity. This was followed by St Augustine’s Church, built at his own expense, and St Edward’s Presbytery for the priest. Here Pugin, lived, worked and worshipped. The interiors of the Houses of Parliament and many churches were designed here. After his death, his son Edward completed his father’s vision with the Abbey of St Augustine and added his own architectural studio. Together the buildings expressed Pugin’s ideal Gothic settlement. During the course of the C20th, ownership of the buildings separated. Unsympathetic alterations were carried out to The Grange and St Edward’s whilst part of the Abbey School. In 2001 The Landmark Trust acquired and restored The Grange as a distinctive holiday rental property. In 2012, St Edward’s became available and the Trust bought it together with the service wing of The Grange which had become subsumed into classrooms at the rear of St Edward’s. St Edward’s was in poor condition. A period of investigation and opening up enabled plans to be drawn up for restoration and conversion including the removal of many of the disfiguring extensions, allowing archaeological evidence to be converted into the accurate restoration of original features.The level and detail of investigation, conservation and restoration will ensure its long term use. The buildings can now be understood as a group and experienced by the public in a way that has not been possible for many years.

Credits

Conservation Architect

Thomas Ford & Partners

Client

The Landmark Trust

Main Contractor

Colman Contractors

Historic Buildings Consultant

Drury McPherson Partnership

Primary Use Class

Class C3 - Dwelling Houses