Augustus Pugin built this house in 1843-4 to live in with his family. He built it to live out his idea of life in a mediaeval, Catholic community, in buildings executed in the Gothic style of so-called ‘pointed architecture. His vision was of a family home nestling in the shadow of a benevolent monastery and he bought enough land to erect St Augustine’s Priory next door. The event of his early death at the age of 40 meant that his son, Edward (an architect in his own right), was to complete the monastery and its church, still home to a thriving Benedictine community.
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