Salisbury: Pugin plaque unveiled

 A special plaque has been unveiled at Salisbury's St Osmund's Church to commemorates the architect and Gothic revivalist Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin, who designed St Osmund's and the Houses of Parliament. Pugin was received into the Catholic Church in Salisbury in 1835 and designed St Osmund's in 1847 and 1848 while simultaneously working on the Houses of Parliament. The Mayor of Salisbury and other civic dignitaries attended a special thanksgiving service prior to the unveiling of the plaque. Father Andrew Goodman of St Gregory's, Salisbury conducted the service which was attended by representatives of other city churches. The homily was given by Monsignor Canon Jeremy Rigden, Vicar General of the Clifton Diocese. Dean of Salisbury and St Osmund's Parish Priest, Canon Michael Fitzpatrick, said: "The parish community is very pleased to worship in and enjoy St Osmund's. We often think of, and thank Pugin for our church. "It was wonderful for us to welcome Lord Congleton, President of the Salisbury Civic Society, to unveil the plaque. It is a fitting tribute to Pugin which will highlight his legacy in Salisbury." Source: Clifton Diocese

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