Speaking Gothic with a Yorkshire accent

Temple Moore (1856–1920) was one of Victorian England's greatest church architects. He built more than forty churches in a career spanning five decades.  They are now considered to be masterpieces of the late Gothic Revival, a style of architecture he raised to a new level of beauty and refinement.

The Gothic revival


Much of Moore's early work was carried out in the North York Moors and he was described as "speaking Gothic with a Yorkshire accent”.  The first new church he completed was at Carlton, near Helmsley, and he went on to build or modify more than 20 churches in the Moors. He remained associated with the area throughout his life.

Vicar Gray of Helmsley


Between 1840 and 1876, an astonishing 1,727 new churches were built and 7,144 restored in England.  Temple Moore worked as an architect throughout this period and was connected to one of the most famous architectural dynasties of the era, the Gilbert Scott family.

The Gilbert Scott connection 

Books, articles and links about Temple Moore and the Gothic Revival



Temple Lushington Moore at his drawing table