BBC South East Today focussed on the gift of Parliamentary tiles to St Augustine’s in its bulletins on 5th January 2015. The tiles were designed by Augustus Pugin and were recently lifted from the floors of the Palace of Westminster as part of a restoration programme.
Twenty four tiles have been donated to St Augustine’s, Ramsgate, reinforcing the historic link between Pugin’s own church and his most famous designs at Westminster.
Laura Sandys MP, who was instrumental in giving the tiles to Pugin’s own church in Ramsgate, said, “It’s an exciting day for Ramsgate, and it’s a very, very good day for Pugin and all who those love him.”
Catriona Blaker, of the Pugin Society, said, “They’re probably the most highly crafted and the very best tiles that Pugin would have designed … the very best for all those wonderful floors at the Houses of Parliament.”
Fr. Marcus Holden, Rector of St Augustine’s, said, “These tiles are a bond between Parliament and St Augustine’s.”
The tiles will be key artefacts in the new Education, Research, and Visitor Centre, to be constructed in the buildings on the site aided by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Centre will be an interpretive and educational space, and will also contain a library and archive for research and reference.
See the report here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-30682107
The BBC spent some time on an afternoon before Christmas filming at the site, shortly after the tiles were officially presented at the Parliamentary Reception in the Speaker’s House in Westminster.