Victorian Style Architecture


1830s to end 19th century


Victorian architecture took inspiration from many styles, including Elizabethan, Jacobean, Italianate and Scottish Baronial, but is most associated with the Gothic Revival, popularised by architects such as Charles Barry, Augustus Pugin, Gilbert Scott and William Butterfield –  it was Butterfield who designed St Augustine’s missionary college in Canterbury. The industrial revolution had brought down the cost of materials, such as the bricks and roofing slates which were almost ubiquitous for Victorian buildings, and the simplicity and regularity of Georgian and Regency designs gave way to decoration, colour and asymmetry.    


Canterbury cannot claim to have substantial buildings designed entirely in this style, but some elements of the style are reflected in smaller features of buildings across the city (examples below).

Examples of Victorian style buildings follow.

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