st pauls cathedral

#onthisday 25thFebruary

in 1723 Sir Christopher Wren died, aged 90. The architect responsible for rebuilding St Paul’s Cathedral and so much else of London after the Great Fire of 1666, his long and successful career also saw him design the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, the library of Trinity College and the chapel at Pembroke College in Cambridge, and other major works including the Hospitals at Greenwich and Chelsea, and parts of Kensington and Hampton Court Palaces.

“Si monumentum requiris, circumspice” says his tomb “If you seek my monument, look around you”.

Discover more about Wren’s life and works – we have Blue Badge Guides who can take you round London, Oxford, Cambridge, Hampton Court or Greenwich.