Sir Christopher Wren. St Paul's Cathedral, London. Photograph: Txllxt Txllxt. Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 4.0 International.

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Sir Christopher Wren’s Architecture

  • Monday 9 October 2023
  • Lecturer: Dr Steven Brindle

Sir Christopher Wren excelled as a mathematician and astronomer before he turned to architecture, after 1664. He had to educate himself in architecture, structural design and all aspects of building management, all ‘on the job’ and on the largest possible scale, as he tackled St Paul’s Cathedral, overseeing the rebuilding of the City of London, the City churches, and his complex duties as the King’s Surveyor of Works. Steven Brindle takes us through Wren’s development as probably England’s most celebrated architect.


 Dr Steven Brindle is a historian at English Heritage. He has published widely on the history of architecture and engineering, and his books include Brunel, the Man who built the World (2005), and, as editor, Windsor Castle:  a Thousand Years of a Royal Palace (2018).  His new book, Architecture in Britain and Ireland, 1530-1830, is due to be published by the Paul Mellon Centre in November.

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