He rebuilt the City of London
- Sir Christopher Wren lived in the
17th century. He was the son
of the Dean of Windsor
who was in charge of St.
George's Chapel there. He grew up in that Berkshire town.
- The Civil War started when he
was 10. So no-one knows where he went to school. He went to university in
Oxford. He was very good at science.
- Christopher was made Professor
of Astronomy at Gresham College in Bishopsgate & then in Oxford.
He did lots of scientific experiments. With his friends, he started
the Royal Society.
- He became interested in
architecture just before the Great Fire of
London. In 1669, King
Charles II appointed him Surveyor of the King's Works. He was in
charge of all building work done for the King. He was knighted too.
- Wren designed or helped with the
designs for 51 of the churches rebuilt in London after the Fire. This
includes the new St. Paul's Cathedral
- Other buildings he designed
& had built include:
- Chelsea Hospital
- Greenwich Naval College
- Guildhall, Windsor
- Large parts of Hampton Court
- Kensington Palace
- Royal Observatory
- Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford
- Western towers of
- Wren had houses in Hampton Court
Green and St. James' Westminster. When he died, he was buried in St.