Neo-Gothic Architecture in Britain


   1.  Charles Robert Cockerell, (1788-1863), Killerton House, 1 2 3   

   2. William James Burges, (1827-1881), Knightshayes House, 1 (interior view) 2

   3. G. E. Street, St. Peter's church, Treverbyn, windows 1 2 3 4

   4. St. Piran's cloister garden, Redruth, 1

   5. Thomas Dyke Acland, (1787-1871), church at Columb John, 1 2 3

    The Neo-Gothic period is generally thought to be a departure from neoclassicism, and strongly associated with medieval English buildings.. However, in the designs at Killerton House, we see the influence of Italian and French medieval architecture. The rose window is reminiscent of the wheel window form used at, for example, Tuscania. The chevet design can be traced to its use in France, as in the at chapel St. Benoit sur Loire, and in the Romanesque windows, which derive from the Norman period, for example at Morienval, see the page curveline. The style at Knightshayes House is more typical of the period, with its use of trefoils, a defining characteristic of the Early English style. Burges was heavily influenced by Pugin and Thomas Rickman, who wrote the famous
Attempt to Discriminate the Styles of English Architecture (1817).