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St. Augustines Abbey (Ramsgate)

St. Augustine's Abbey is an important Catholic church in the Kent seaside resort of Ramsgate.

The architect was Augustus Pugin, who was a frequent visitor to Ramsgate where his aunt lived. He once said "There is nothing worth living for but Christian architecture and a boat".

Pugin not only designed the church, he also paid for it. It was completed in 1850.

It is situated in St. Augustine's Road, on the West Cliff, and is designed to be seen from the sea.

The church is faced with knapped flint, and has tiles by Herbert Minton.

Pugin built a family home, called The Grange, next door. He died there, and is buried at St. Augustine's.

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