Pugin Week 2023 in Ramsgate

The renowned English architect, Augustus Welby Pugin is mainly remembered for his pioneering role in the Gothic Revival style of architecture. His work includes designing the interior of the Palace of Westminster, along with its iconic clock tower, Big Ben. In his early twenties he converted to Catholicism and is responsible for designing many churches across England, as well as others around the world. Each year, the National Augustine-Pugin Shrine in Ramsgate, which incorporates the Parish of St Augustine, holds a 'Pugin Week', which celebrates the faith and artistry of this incomparable British architect.

Chapel incorporating the final resting place of AWN Pugin in Ramsgate

All events are free and at St Augustine’s, St Augustine’s Road, Ramsgate CT11 9NY – There is plenty of free parking, two-minute’s walk on Royal Esplanade.  St Augustine’s is accessible for those with reduced mobility.

Wednesday 13th September

  • 7.30 pm – ‘Hearts in Search of God’. A talk by Dr Phil McCarthy on this exciting new website that describes pilgrimages from each Catholic Cathedral in England.

Thursday 14th September

  • 12 Noon (Midday): Mass for Pugin. 
  • 3.30 pm Volunteers social and year-in-review: Come and hear what the Augustine-Pugin Shrine has been working on in the past year: all welcome.

Friday 15th September

  • 11.30 am - 3 pm: - The Pugin Big Draw: Following in the fine tradition of Augustus Pugin’s own outstanding sketches and watercolours, why not be part of a day of drawing and painting in the splendid interior of St Augustine’s church, led by artists Sian Morgan and Gem Blastock. All abilities are warmly welcomed. Relax and enjoy!  Limited numbers of sketching materials are available – please let us know you are coming: augustineshrine@rcaos.org.uk
  • 7.30 pm School Life at St Augustine’s Abbey School: A talk by Andrew Sharp from the Old Augustinians …  past pupil at this celebrated school, founded in 1865 by the Benedictines of Ramsgate.

Saturday 16th September 


  • 7.00 pm - ‘Exhibiting Gothic on the World Stage: A.W.N. Pugin and the Great Exhibition’: A richly illustrated talk by Dr Jasmine Allen, Director of the Stained Glass Museum, Ely, and expert on nineteenth-century stained glass.

Find out more

For further information email: augustineshrine@rcaos.org.uk

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