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Windsor didn't trust his Plans
- 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 the town.
- He was a scientist in Oxford
before becoming interested in architecture. King Charles II made him
Surveyor of the King's Works.
- He was in charge of all building
work done for the King. This included rebuilding the churches of
London & St. Paul's Cathedral after the
Great Fire of London.
- There is an old story that Wren
built himself a house in Windsor in the 1670s & lived there with
his family. This is now the Christopher Wren Hotel. However, there is
no evidence that he had anything to do with the place!
- In 1689, Wren took over the
building of the Guildhall in Windsor. It has a big room above lots of
- Wren said it only needed a
column at each corner to hold it up. The townsfolk said it needed more
or the room above would collapse on top of them!
- Wren eventually agreed to add
the new columns. He knew he was right though. So he made sure they don't
touch the ceiling and don't support the room above. It's lasted over
300 years & hasn't collapsed yet!