A Celebration of the works of Sir Christopher Wren 1632-1723
Sir Christopher Wren, Britain’s greatest architect. This year a celebration of his life and work. The City of London, still resonates to the glory of his achievements seen across its skyline in stone. The Kings Surveyor in 1666 Wren rebuilt a City laid to ashes by the Great Fire of London.
Starting from the Monument, a memory of the Great Fire, we trace medieval streets and passageways exploring Wren’s city.
Not just a street view, but a bird’s eye view and peeks inside Wren churches, each unique with differing stories to tell.
Sights we see along the way include:
A City Church whose tower portico was the gateway to old London Bridge.
Wren’s practice Dome before St Paul’s Cathedral, his own local church!
An altar known as “the Camembert”
A shoemakers Church
Where Londons Bow Bells ring
Garden spaces created from Wren Churches destroyed in WW2
Finishing at St Paul’s Cathedral, Wren’s grandest work. Iconic, an ornate baroque edifice of stone, steeped in the national story of Remembrance, Royalty and Faith.
Monument Tube station. Fish Street Hill exit.
Linda N –
I have just returned from this wonderful walk with Mary Brooks. It was a real privilege to be guided by Mary who despite the freezing cold and rainy weather, delivered such a perfectly paced Wren Tour with an infectious enthusiasm. Mary has a meteoric understanding of the City of London and gave us such insight into Wren and the development of the City of London post 1666. She has such flair and skill interspersing her narrative with wonderful tidbits of anecdotes. We all came away inspired. Thank you. We’ll be back ……….
Helen Evans –
I went on this walk with Mary Brooks on Sat 25th. It was wonderful to learn about Sir Christopher Wren . Mary was enthusiastic and informative . I thoroughly enjoyed it despite the large group, cold and the glorious church bells ringing out ! I’ve already bought a book on city churches and looking forward to another ‘London Walk’ about out city .
Helen Evans ( adopted Londoner since 1980 ! )