Wren 300, a city full of people


The decades following the Great Fire were a period of major transformation.

As skilled craftsmen, such as stonemasons, carpenters, joiners and glaziers, were rebuilding the churches, so too were businesses, banks, theatres, coffee houses and merchant trading houses being established or expanded. But society was also changing. Explore some of the key issues that faced the City from Feeding and Greening the City to Social Unrest and Speculation.


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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