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A new exhibition has been unveiled at Cheadle Discovery and Visitor Centre

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: July 20, 2014

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The Australian Gothic Display is currently running at centre in Lulworth House, High Street.

As the centre's last AWN Pugin display demonstrated, Pugin's influence on Gothic architecture was extremely widespread; in Australia and Tazmania that influence is especially prominent due to Pugin's friendship with a man named Robert William Wilson (1794-1866).

Robert W Wilson, like Pugin, was a late convert to Catholicism and had a special interest in Australia and Tasmania, which at the time were prison colonies.

In 1842 he was appointed the first Bishop of Hobart, now the capital state of Tasmania).

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When in 1844 Wilson arrived by ship in Hobart, he brought with him three model churches and other designs provided free of charge by Pugin, which had been given to his friend so he would have everything he needed to set the Tasmanian churches up with good designs. The influence of those early buildings is still reflected today in both countries.

The display can be seen until the end of August in the Pugin and Hardman Room.

Cheadle Discovery Centre's opening hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 10am to 4pm.

For further details visit www.cheadlehistoricalsociety.co.uk or www.discovercheadle.co.uk

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