E W Pugin in Cumbria

Edward Welby Pugin (1834-1875) was the son of A W N Pugin. He continued the architectural work of his father, who had died insane at the age of 40 while working on the Palace of Westminster. He enlarged his father’s Scarisbrick Hall, adding a huge tower. One of his chief works was Carlton Towers, the Yorkshire home of the Duke of Norfolk.
Much of his energy was spent in costly and pointless litigation to prove that his father’s contribution to the Palace of Westminster was greater than that of Charles Barry. Like his father, Edward also ended his days in a lunatic asylum.
Possibly the greatest work by E.W. Pugin is the Monastery of St Francis, known locally as Gorton Monastery, which stands majestically on Gorton Lane, near to Manchester city centre. Until recently it was in poor state, and threatened with demolition, but it has now been restored as one of the countries top unusual ‘venues’.
It is one of Manchester’s most important landmarks, not only appreciated by architects and academics as one of the finest examples of High Victorian Gothic architecture, but by a much wider local, and regional community.

Places in Cumbria designed by E W Pugin :
Barrow-in-Furness – St Mary 1866-7
Cleator – St Mary 1872
Whitehaven – St Begh 1868
Workington – Our Lady & St Michael 1876

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