|St Barnabas Church, Pimlico, London (1850s), the first Oxford Movement church - credit: Nick Garrod|
They championed Romantic medievalism over the Enlightened Reformation, and the Big Society over the embryonic welfare state.
Out with Jane Austen squire-parsons, in with gritty slum vicars. Classical bad, Gothic good!
We saw, played out in London's buildings - not just churches - this 19th century battle for the soul of church and state: soaring technicolour theology, Jesuits and class rebels, Eton boaties and posh philanthropy in the East End.