A W N Pugin (1812-1852) is now most famous as the co-designer of the Houses of Parliament. His greatest influence, however, was as a church architect. In his short life he transformed church design across Britain and Ireland and his influence extended to America and Australia. Born an Anglican he became a Catholic but the Drummond Chapel, his only work in the care of the CCT, was built for a millenarian sect in Surrey. Rosemary Hill, Pugin’s biographer, will talk about his life and work and his belief in the sacred power of architecture.
Rosemary Hill is a writer, historian and independent scholar with an interest in biography, material culture and the connections between them.
She has written two prize-winning books: God’s Architect, a life of the Gothic Revival architect, A W N Pugin and Stonehenge, a history of one of Britain’s greatest and least understood monuments. Her last book, Unicorn: The Poetry of Angela Carter, was published in 2015. Her next book, Time’s Witness: how Romanticism changed history, will be published in June by Allen Lane.
She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Society of Antiquaries, a member of English Heritage's Blue Plaques Panel, a trustee of the Pugin Society and a Quondam fellow of All Souls College, Oxford.
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