Tabernacle (for holding the Sacrament)
Augustus W. N. Pugin
Brass, amethysts, crystals and stone
14'6" (above the base)
Southwark Cathedral, London
Formerly at St Augustine's, Ramsgate
This striking and unusual piece, designed to stand on an altar and house the Sacrament, would not have been familiar to Pugin's Church of England contemporaries, or even to most Roman Catholics of the time. There are various mysteries surrounding it. For example, there is no entry for its brass door in the Hardman Metalwork Daybook of 1849-54. [continued below]
Photographs and text by Jacqueline Banerjee, 2010.
With many thanks to Catriona Blaker, former editor of True Principles (see below), for her generous help.
Photographs reproduced on the web by kind permission of the Dean and Chapter of Southwark.