E. W. Pugin

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Edward Welby Pugin
Born11 March 1834
Died5 June 1875(1875-06-05) (aged 41)
Known forDesigner of Neo-Gothic architecture

Memorial bust to Edward Pugin, in front of Granville House (formerly the Granville Hotel, Ramsgate). “In memory of Edward Welby Pugin, the gifted and accomplished son of Augustus Welby Pugin, one of England`s greatest architects: born 11th March, 1834, died 5th June, 1875. This bust is erected by Edmund Francis Davis. 1879.”

Edward Welby Pugin (11 March 1834 – 5 June 1875) was an English architect, the eldest son of architect Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin and Louisa Barton and part of the Pugin & Pugin family of church architects. His father was an architect and designer of Neo-Gothic architecture, and after his death in 1852 Edward took up his successful practice. At the time of his own early death in 1875, Pugin had designed and completed more than one hundred Catholic churches.

He was influenced by the neo-Gothic of Viollet-le-Duc, in which expansive spatial planning was combined with great detail.

He designed churches and cathedrals primarily in the British Isles. However, commissions for his exemplary work were also received from countries throughout Western Europe, Scandinavia and as far away as North America.

Works in Ireland[edit]

Works in England[edit]

Meanwood Towers in Meanwood, Leeds
Church of the English Martyrs, London E1

Works in Scotland[edit]

Works in Wales[edit]

Works on the Isle of Man[edit]

  • 1865 St Patrick, Peel, Isle of Man

Works in Belgium (province of West Flanders)[edit]

  • 1856 Basilica of Our Lady in Dadizele, finished off by Jean-Baptiste Bethune
  • 1856 Castle of Loppem, in collaboration with James Murray and George Ashlin, finished off by Jean-Baptiste Bethune
  • 1861 country estate near Bruges for bishop Joannes Baptista Malou, demolished

Works with James Murray (1856-c.1859)[edit]

Rugby Town Hall and Markets[edit]

Rugby Town Hall

(1857). The old Town Hall stood on the High Street. It was built in 1857, with an extension in 1919. The upper floor became a cinema (Vint's Palace) around 1913. A bad fire destroyed most of the building in 1921 and it was rebuilt as Woolworths, which opened in 1923 and closed in 2009.[4]

Works in association with George Ashlin[edit]

John's Lane Church in Dublin

Regarded as Dublin's finest Victorian church, SS Augustine and John (John's Lane Church) in the Liberties area was designed by E.W. Pugin and executed by his partner George Ashlin for the Augustinian Fathers. It was built between 1862 and 1895. It has the tallest spire in Dublin (231 ft), and occupies a prominent position on high ground overlooking the Liffey Valley. It has a striking polychromatic appearance, being built in granite with red sandstone dressings.

The eminent Gothic revivalist Ruskin is said to have praised it, describing it as a "poem in stone".

Statues of the apostles in the niches of the spire are by James Pearse, father of Padraig and Willie, who were executed after the 1916 Easter Rising.

There is some good stained glass from the Harry Clarke studios.


  • Dictionary of Scottish Architects
  • Jean van Cleven, 'The Eternal Château': bouwgeschiedenis en kunsthistorische analyse van het neogotische kasteel van Loppem, in V. van Caloen, J. van Cleven, J. Braet Het Kasteel van Loppem, Stichting Kunstboek, 2001.


  1. ^ 'Hoxton – St Monica's Priory Archived 5 October 2018 at the Wayback Machine' in Taking Stock: Catholic Churches of England and Wales, online resource, accessed 28 December 2016
  2. ^ Historic England. "All Saints' Church (1067879)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 22 December 2007.
  3. ^ Diocese of Westminster: About The Parish
  4. ^ Illustrated London News Illustrated London News Saturday 15 August 1857 Saturday 15 August 1857

Further reading[edit]

  • Michael Fisher, Pugin-Land: A W N Pugin, Lord Shrewsbury and the Gothic Revival in Staffordshire, Stafford Fisher, 2002.
  • Rachel Hasted, Scarisbrick Hall – A Guide, Social History at Lancashire County Museum Service, 1984.
  • Frederick O'Dwyer, Ecclesiastical Architecture from 1829 in W.J. McCormack (ed) Modern Irish Culture, Oxford:Blackwell, 2001.
  • Frederick O'Dwyer, A Victorian Partnership – The Architecture of Pugin & Ashlin in John Graby (ed) 150 Years of Architecture in Ireland, Dublin, Eblana Editions, 1989.
  • Jeanne Sheehy, The Rediscovery of Ireland's Past, The Celtic Revival 1830–1930. London 1980.

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