George Edmund Street — English Architect born on June 20, 1824, died on December 18, 1881

George Edmund Street RA was an English architect, born at Woodford in Essex. Stylistically, Street was a leading practitioner of the Victorian Gothic revival. Though mainly an ecclesiastical architect, he is perhaps best known as the designer of the Royal Courts of Justice, in the Strand in London... (wikipedia)

We must go to such towns as Bristol, York, and Norwich.
I think our failure in the production of good town churches of distinctive character must have struck you often, as it has me, when contrasted with our comparative success in country churches.
It is most necessary to avoid rusticity in any way, whether in material, design, or execution.
An absolutely different and distinctive character.
The fault seems to me to have been that men have taken ancient country churches as their models and have failed to discover that between them and churches in towns there ought to be a most distinct and marked difference.