Wren 300, a city full of people


In 2023, 300 years after Wren’s death, volunteers researched parish records and archives to uncover some of the many craftspeople and parishioners who took part in, or witnessed, the rebuilding work.

Their research follows the threads of people’s lives from four parishes within the Square Mile of the City of London, creating a snapshot of those who might otherwise be overlooked in the pages of history. A City Full of People reveals not only some of the City’s lost voices but also the volunteers’ own exploration of this time and place.


Local churches were the focal point of sixteenth-century City life. Weekly worship and all the milestones of parishioners’ lives took place here: christenings, marriages and funerals. Many churches were lost in the Great Fire.

Read the stories of four that either survived or succumbed to the flames, and how they reemerged from the ruins.

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