Success crowned the careers of many early Victorian church architects. With Pugin’s ardent genius behind them and the Ecclesiologist’s proselytizing articles before them, such gifted architects as Butterfield and Pearson quickly filled the entrance hall.
Artistry is one thing: another is opportunity. Although they struck out buoyantly into the main stream of advancing taste, they needed sympathetic clients. In this respect, their affairs were immeasurably improved by the welling tide of Tractarianism. Pearson took it at the flood.