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Ramsgate Cemetery Chapel

  • Gavin Stamp

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In architectural history, there can be no substitute for seeing a building for yourself. To my shame, after almost a quarter-of-a-century pursuing George Gilbert Scott junior, I have at long last been to see one of his unpublished but documented works and discovered that it is one of his most important and interesting — a key design in his move towards the adoption of an English Late Gothic style for which he would become known. My only consolation is that nobody else interested in Scott seems to have visited it either or realized its significance — although the building had been listed by English Heritage as being by the architect’s father, Sir Gilbert Scott.

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1 The Thanet Advertiser, 11 March 1871; obituary of SirScott, Gilbert by ‘E. W. G.’ in The British Architect, IX, 5 April 1878, p. 156 .

2 Building News, XXIX, 16 July 1875, and correspondence in subsequent weeks.

3 Bodley, G. F., ‘On some Principles and Characteristics of Ancient Architecture, and their application to the Modern Practice of the Art’, in The Builder, XLVIII (1885), p. 295 .

4 Hall, Michael, ‘The rise of refinement: G. F. Bodley’s All Saints, Cambridge, and the return to English models in Gothic architecture of the 1860s’, in Architectural History 36 (1993), pp. 103-26.

5 Ecclesiologist, XXIV (1863), pp. 127-28.

6 Thanet Branch Archive Collection, Ramsgate Library.

7 The Thanet Advertiser, 11 March 1871.

8 Scott’s account book cites £4,258 but records of payments earlier than September 1870 may have been lost. In the list of Victorian cemeteries in Kent in Honan, Roger, ‘Municipal Cemeteries and Parish Overflows’, Bygone Kent, vol. x, no. 1, January 1989, pp. 2–9 , the estimated cost is given as £6,000.

9 Building News, XXVII, 11 September 1874, pp. 310 & 319; C. Carus Wilson to Scott, 26 September 1874 (British Architectural Library).

10 G. G. Scott junior to J. T. Irvine, 18 February 1865 (Royal Commission for the Ancient & Historical Monuments of Scotland, Edinburgh).

11 The author’s study of the life and work of George Gilbert Smith junior is to be published by the Cambridge University Press.

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