“All Saints is architecturally England’s most celebrated Victorian church…a church basted on the Anglo-Catholic maxims of the Tractarian Oxford Movement. The chosen architecture was 13th-century Goth, a distinct but visible chancel, an upward progression to the altar, profuse decoration and structural colour. A church, said Beresford-Hope, should have room for processions, candles, chanting and the veneration of saints: a means ‘whereby many arts were made subservient to one great end, and the greatness of the ned demanded the employment of the highest art.’”
“Queen Charlotte was said to have broken into tears on seeing the statue (of Penelope Boothby, dead at age 5) at a Royal Academy exhibition. Evincing such a reaction was regarded as a challenge to late-Georgian sculpture.”
Ashbourne also contains my favourite of any stained glass window in England, the The Turnbull Window, commemorating the death of two young sisters, Monica and Dorothea Turnbull, a splendid work of spiritual and artistic vision.