This is a painting of the interior of St Giles’ in Cheadle, Staffordshire. Not really related to this trip, although we did have the boat within a couple of miles of this church on the Cauldon Canal this last winter. This painting was produced as part of an animated documentary we are working on to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of the architect, Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812 – 1852), the most renowned architect and designer of the nineteenth century Gothic Revival.
The creator of the stunning interiors of the Houses of Parliament, Pugin was the architect of over one hundred buildings, and the author of several books on Gothic art and design. St Giles’ is the most splendid of all churches designed by Pugin and expresses in every detail his idea of what a parish church should be.’Perfect Cheadle,’ he said of it, ‘my consolation in all afflictions.’