GALLERY & BUILDING
“In Kilburn Park Road…is the church of St Augustine, one of the finest ecclesiastical structures in London."
- Edward Walford, Old and New London: Volume 5, 1878
St Augustine's magnificent Grade I listed building is one of the finest examples of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture. With its soaring vaults and elaborate decoration, it is the ultimate architectural expression of the Catholic Revival of the Church of England. It is a building which, in the words of its architect John Loughborough Pearson, truly 'draws people to their knees'.
Fr. Kirkpatrick was already aware of the quality of Pearson’s work from St Peter, Vauxhall and the Convent of the Community of St Peter in Mortimer Place. Inspired by Albi Cathedral in southern France and St Etienne at Caen, the spectacular gothic architecture of St Augustine’s speaks of the majesty of God. The wall paintings, carving and stained glass windows are lessons in the Faith once delivered to the Saints. The high altar with its lamps and furnishings is a fitting setting for worship in the beauty of holiness.
John Loughborough Pearson