Scarisbrick Hall, a monument to Victorian Gothic in Lancashire was probably the first commission of A.W.N. Pugin. Charles Scarisbrick inherited his father's estate in 1833, already a wealthy man in his own right. He became an avid collector of European carvings and in the 1830's was said to be the greatest single importer of continental woodwork. It was through his passion for collecting and his relationship with dealers in London, that he met the young Pugin. Pugin first visited Scarisbrick in 1837, he was just twenty-five years old. His work on this, his first project, continued until around 1844, at which point he his business had grown and he was complaining that 'it is really heart breaking to have been working for years and...not a single room finished'.
With many subsequent alterations of Scarisbrick Hall we may never know the true extent of Pugin's work. It appears that the initial plans involved little more than drawings for a chimneypiece and a garden seat so he had certainly undertaken work designing pieces for the garden, a commission most probably including the current urns. Pugin seems not to have undertaken any work for Charles Scaribrick after 1845, upset at the lack of progress being made. It appears however that many of Pugin's designs were undertaken after his death in 1852, possibly by his son Edward Welby.