Kent

Architect Augustus Pugin's Kent home to open to public

Augustus Pugin
The Grange
The Grange dining room
The Grange table

The former home of renowned Victorian architect Augustus Pugin is to open to the public for four days.

Pugin designed Big Ben's clock tower and much of the lavish gothic interior of the Palace of Westminster.

He built the Grange in Ramsgate, Kent, as a home for his family between 1843 and 1844. It was granted Grade I listed status in 1968.

The Landmark Trust, which manages the Grange, is holding free open days from Friday until Monday

Image caption The Grange is normally used as holiday accommodation

Pugin is hailed as one of the greatest British architects, designers and writers of the 19th Century and is mainly remembered for his role in a revival of the medieval gothic style of architecture.

He also designed, built and paid for St Augustine's Church next door, where he is buried.

During the open days the public will be able to visit rooms including the library, where the interiors of the House of Lords were designed.

Although open to the public during guided tours on Wednesday afternoons or by appointment, the Grange is normally used as holiday accommodation.

The house is decorated with ornate wallpaper recreated from fragments that were found beneath joinery during the building's £2.6m restoration, completed in 2006.

Pugin died in Ramsgate on 14 September 1852, at the age of 40.

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