Megan Kearney: The Pure and Imaginative

On 7 November 1844, the 74-year-old poet William Wordsworth, soon to be Queen Victoria’s poet laureate, attended the meeting of a small Anglican architectural society called the Cambridge Camden Society. The Camden Society’s purpose was ecclesiology—the study of church architecture and configuration—and as part of the wider Victorian Gothic revival, the group called for a return to a medieval Gothic style of church structure and adornment.