Ferrey, the architect chosen for the project, had been
apprentice to Augustus Pugin, architect of the Palace of
Westminster, so he was experienced in the design of large
had already chosen the style for St.James's while on
honeymoon in Italy. He had been impressed by the Cathedral
at Monreale, near Palermo, Sicily, which dates from 1172.
It is on this building that the Neo-Norman style of
St.James's is based.
was Diocesan Architect for Bath and Wells. The restored
West Front of Wells Cathedral is also his work.
North Porch and Great West Door of St.James's, showing
half-round Norman arches and period style decoration