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Thanks to an upsurge in Pugin scholarship there are now many publications dealing with his remarkable life and work. In addition, most of his own key writings have been re-issued in recent decades, often with scholarly introductions. The following lists detail what we regard as particularly useful publications. We also present downloadable essays and notes, the fruits of original research, which are only available on this website. Our own Friends Newsletter consists largely of original previously unpublished material on Pugin's works. True Principles, the annual publication of our UK sister organisation the Pugin Society, is a fruitful source of information on the Pugin family members and their works.



Brian Andrews' award-winning exhibition catalogue, Creating a Gothic Paradise: Pugin at the Antipodes, can still be purchased on-line from the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery shop here.

This catalogue was the 2003 winner of the William M.B. Berger prize for British art history. The press release at the time of the award can be read here.

Pugin Catalogue Cover



Writings by Pugin

  1. Contrasts: or a Parallel between the Noble Edifices of the Middle Ages, and Corresponding Buildings of the Present Day; Shewing the Present Decay of Taste, 2nd edn, Charles Dolman, London, 1841. (A number of recent re-issues)
  2. The True Principles of Pointed or Christian Architecture, John Weale, London, 1841. (A number of recent re-issues)
  3. An Apology for the Revival of Christian Architecture in England, John Weale, London, 1843. (A number of recent re-issues)
  4. The Present State of Ecclesiastical Architecture in England, Charles Dolman, London, 1843. (A number of recent re-issues)
  5. Glossary of Ecclesiastical Architecture and Ornament, Henry G. Bohn, London, 1844. (Nineteenth-century editions only, but a selection of the colour plates recently published by Dover Publications Inc.)
  6. Floriated Ornament, Henry G. Bohn, London, 1849. (Recently re-issued)
  7. A Treatise on Chancel Screens and Rood Lofts, Their Antiquity, Use and Symbolic Signification, Charles Dolman, London, 1851. (Recently re-issued)

Writings about Pugin and his Works

  1. Andrews, Brian, Creating a Gothic Paradise: Pugin at the Antipodes, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, 2001. Exhibition catalogue.
  2. Atterbury, Paul (ed.), A.W.N. Pugin: Master of Gothic Revival, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 1995. Exhibition catalogue.
  3. Atterbury, Paul & Wainwright, Clive (eds), Pugin: A Gothic Passion, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 1994.
  4. Belcher, Margaret, A.W.N. Pugin: An annotated critical bibliography, Mansell, London, 1987.
  5. Belcher, Margaret, The Collected Letters of A.W.N. Pugin, Volume 1 1830–1842, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2001.
  6. Belcher, Margaret, The Collected Letters of A.W.N. Pugin, Volume 2 1843–1845, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2003.
  7. Belcher, Margaret, The Collected Letters of A.W.N. Pugin, Volume 3 1846-1848, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2009.
  8. Ferrey, Benjamin, Recollections of A.W.N. Pugin and his father Augustus Pugin, Edward Stamford, London, 1861. (Recently re-issued)
  9. Fisher, Michael, Pugin-Land: A.W.N. Pugin, Lord Shrewsbury and the Gothic Revival in Staffordshire, Michael J. Fisher Publishing, Stafford, 2002.
  10. Fisher, Michael, Hardman of Birmingham, Goldsmith and Glasspainter, Landmark Publishing, Ashbourne, 2008.
  11. Fisher, Michael, ;Gothic For Ever': A.W.N. Pugin, Lord Shrewsbury, and the Rebuilding of Catholic England, Spire Books Ltd, Reading, 2012.
  12. Gwynn, Denis, Lord Shrewsbury, Pugin and the Catholic Revival, Hollis and Carter, London, 1946.
  13. Horner, Libby & Hunter, Gill, A Flint Seaside Church: St Augustine's Abbey Church, Ramsgate, The Pugin Society, Ramsgate, 2000.
  14. Hyland, G.J., The Architectural Works of A.W.N. Pugin: A Catalogue, Spire Books Ltd, Reading, 2014.
  15. Meara, David, A.W.N. Pugin and the Revival of Memorial Brasses, Mansell, London, 1991.
  16. O'Donnell, Roderick, The Pugins and the Catholic Midlands, Gracewing, Leominster, 2002.
  17. Shepherd, Stanley, The Stained Glass of A.W.N. Pugin, Spire Books Ltd, Reading, 2009.
  18. Spencer-Silver, Patricia, Pugin's Builder: The Life and Work of George Myers, (2nd edn), Gracewing, Leominster, 2010.
  19. Stanton, Phoebe, Pugin, Thames and Hudson, London, 1991.
  20. Trappes-Lomax, Pugin: a Medieval Victorian, Sheed & Ward, London, 1932.
  21. Victorian Church Art, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1971. Exhibition catalogue.
  22. Wedgwood, Alexandra, Catalogue of the Drawings Collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects: The Pugin Family, Gregg International, Farnborough, 1977.
  23. Wedgwood, Alexandra, A.W.N. Pugin and the Pugin Family, Catalogues of Architectural Drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1985.

Downloadable Essays and Notes

  1. St Francis Xavier's Church, Berrima, New South Wales (pdf/2.3MB)
  2. St Stephen's Church, Brisbane, Queensland (pdf/1.4MB)
  3. St Charles Borromeo's Church, Ryde, New South Wales (pdf/1.7MB)
  4. Pugin's Own Description of St Giles' Church, Cheadle (pdf/900k)
  5. A Note on the Design Provenance of the Oscott College Organ (pdf/122k)
  6. A Note on Pugin's Use of the Perpendicular Style (pdf/291k)
  7. St Michael's Church, Gorey, Ireland (pdf/636k)
  8. St Patrick's Church, Colebrook, Tasmania (pdf/684.8k)
  9. St Benedict's Church, Broadway, New South Wales (pdf/1.36MB)
  10. St James' Church, Ramsgrange, Ireland (pdf/427k)
  11. Mr Pugin the Bigot (pdf/109k)
  12. St John the Evangelist's Church, Richmond, Tasmania (pdf/1.2MB)
  13. St Paul's Church, Oatlands, Tasmania (pdf/1.55MB)
  14. St Augustine of Hippo's Church, Balmain, New South Wales (pdf/1.2MB)
  15. St Alphonsus' Church, Barntown, Ireland (pdf/967k)
  16. Pugin's Designs: The 1847 Crucifix Figures (pdf/1.24MB)
  17. St Mary's Church, Hobart: An Unexecuted Pugin Design (pdf/1.32MB)
  18. A House for Bishop Willson (pdf/1.78MB)