The fifty-one City churches rebuilt after the Great Fire of London in 1666 have long been admired as examples of Sir Christopher Wren’s extraordinary fecundity of invention.
Closer inspection, reinforced by recent research, suggests that the picture is a good deal more complex. Even a genius of Wren’s ability could not have found time to provide detailed plans for so many churches at the same time that he was designing St Paul’s Cathedral as well as several palaces and many other buildings, and it now appears that there was much more input from figures such as Nicholas Hawksmoor and Robert Hooke than previously suspected.
This study day takes a detailed look at eight of Wren’s surviving churches and includes visits to St Mary Abchurch, St Anne and St Agnes, St Stephen Walbrook and St Mary Aldermary.
Our day course begins at 1030 in the portico of St Paul’s Cathedral and finishes at 1600 at St Mary Aldermary.
This day course will be led by Roger White, MA, FSA, architectural and garden historian; former secretary of the Georgian Group and The Garden History Society.
Roger White , MA, FSA
architectural and garden historian, former secretary of the Georgian Group