Sir Christopher Wren's Birthday
Wednesday, 20th October 1632
Sir Christopher Wren was born this day in 1632. As well as being a prolific architect, he was an astronomer and a founder of the Royal Society which he was president of from 1680 to 82. His best known works remain St Paul's Cathedral and the city churches he rebuilt after the Great Fire of London in 1666. He also built Newby Hall.
The home of Richard and Lucinda Compton, Newby Hall is one of England’s renowned Adam houses. In the 1760s William Weddell, an ancestor, commissioned Robert Adam to alter the original Wren design to house his collection of Ancient Roman sculpture and Gobelins tapestries. Thomas Chippendale was commissioned to make the furniture. “The result is a perfect example of the ... (read more...)