2 Dec:
Rebuilding St Paul’s

Sir Christopher Wren was officially appointed architect for the rebuilding of St Paul’s Cathedral on 2nd December, 1697, though in truth he had been advising on it for some years already.

Three decades later the celebrated British architect had produced a building that broke radically with the past, even if his original plans had to be adapted to the whims of the king, the clergy and the parliament.

In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly consider why Wren loved domes so much; reveal the true reason why battering rams are a better demolition tool than dynamite; and explain why the cathedral became the ultimate humble brag…

Further Reading:

• ‘St Paul’s: The new church’ (Cassell, Petter & Galpin, 1878): https://www.british-history.ac.uk/old-new-london/vol1/pp249-262 

• ‘A History of St. Paul’s Cathedral in 60 Seconds’ (Culture Trip, 2018): https://theculturetrip.com/europe/united-kingdom/england/london/articles/st-pauls-cathedral-london/ 

• ‘Designing St Paul’s – The Wren Office Drawings’ (St Paul’s Cathedral, 2013):


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