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Scott, Sir George Gilbert (1811–1878)

  1. Jack C. Whytock

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc1231

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Whytock, J. C. 2011. Scott, Sir George Gilbert (1811–1878). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Sir George Gilbert Scott, born in 1811 in Gawcott, Buckinghamshire, and died in 1878 in London, was one of Britain's most noted Victorian architects, a strong advocate of the Gothic Revival style and often remembered for his Gothicization renovations. Scott came from a strong Anglican family; his father was a clergyman and his grandfather was the noted Bible commentator Thomas Scott, a founder together with John Newton of the Church Missionary Society. Scott's father and grandfather represented the evangelical tradition of the Church of England, yet Scott moved into the broad church tradition of Anglicanism, although he was not a true high churchman. He was condemned by the Cambridge Camden Society's journal, The Ecclesiologist, for designing a Lutheran church, the St. Nikolaikirche in Hamburg. Thus his Gothic architectural style did not turn him liturgically to Anglo-Catholicism. His love of architecture began in childhood while sketching medieval churches.


  • Scott, Sir George Gilbert (1811–1878);
  • love of architecture, beginning in childhood;
  • pugin, and gothic style, true Christian architectural style