Personal church of Pugin awarded £40,000 grant

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2012

 

St Augustine’s Church in Ramsgate, Kent, has been awarded a major grant for repairs from the National Churches Trust.

The National Churches Trust – the only independent charity dedicated to supporting church buildings across the UK – has awarded a grant of £40,000 towards major repairs at St Augustine’s. This is the largest level of grant given by the Trust.

A grade 1 listed building, St Augustine’s was designed by Augustus Pugin. One of the greatest British architects of the 19th century, Pugin - who designed the interiors of the Houses of Parliament – lived in Ramsgate and realised in St Augustine’s Church the principles of design he used throughout his career. A personal creation and his burial place, it is therefore a building of international importance in understanding Pugin’s work and contribution. 2012 also marks the bicentenary of Pugin’s birth.

Father Marcus Holden, Parish Priest of Ramsgate and Minster said

“The importance of St Augustine's for the local community, for Catholics throughout England and for all people interested in Pugin cannot be overestimated. We are thrilled that the National Churches Trust has helped to save this great church for everyone. We had fears that our first phase of urgent repairs may have faltered due to the difficult economic conditions, however, the Trust saw our need and made the difference.”

Commenting, the Chief Executive of the National Churches Trust, Claire Walker said

“I am delighted that the National Churches Trust has been able to support these vital repairs to St Augustine’s Church. This is a building of national architectural, historic and cultural significance, with its close links to one of our country’s greatest architects. It is therefore highly deserving of one of the Trust’s largest grants. However, there are many other deserving churches that the Trust has unfortunately had to turn away due to the limited funds available - so I would encourage anyone who cares about the future of these historic buildings to get in touch with the Trust to find out how our work can be supported.”

The Church of St Augustine of England is a Catholic church in Ramsgate, Kent. Consecrated in 1884, it was Grade 1 listed in 1988. It was run by the Benedictine monks of St Augustine’s Abbey from 1856 until 2010, when it became part of the local parish. For more information visit the website of the Friends of St Augustine at http://www.augustinefriends.co.uk.