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Sir Christopher Wren

‘Architecture aims at Eternity.’

The son of a prominent priest, and almost certainly intended for the Anglican ministry himself, Christopher Wren grew up within the Church. In his long and distinguished career, he built many places of worship – including St James’s Piccadilly, which he argued should serve as a model for other churches.

Considered amongst Sir Christopher Wren’s finest churches, St James’s is built of red brick with Portland stone dressings. Wren was given considerable freedom when designing the church, prioritising light, simplicity and an open interior which at the time was designed to hold 2,000 people and allow them all to hear the service and see the preacher.

Particularly notable are the clear glass windows that flood the church with natural light, watch the video below.