2011 is the 300th anniversary of the completion of Christopher Wren's Cathedral in the City of London. This coincides with the completion of an historic programme of cleaning and repair, in which the building has been comprehensively restored inside and out. Now the two million visitors and worshippers who come to St Paul's each year can witness Gresham Professor Christopher Wren's original vision and see his cathedral as fresh as the day it was completed 300 years ago. Martin Stancliffe, the architect of the recent refurbishments, gives an expert tour of the building, the renovations and the problems encountered along the way which are unique to a building of this age and grandeur. For download and transcript versions of this lecture, please visit the event's page on the Gresham College website: St. Paul's at 300 - Lecture One"
Martin Stancliffe is the founding Director of
Martin Stancliffe Architects. Surveyor to the fabric of St Paul's Cathedral, and cathedral architect
to Lichfield Cathedral and Southwell Minster. He has been chairman of the
Cathedral Architects Association since 1999, and until recently he was a member
of the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England.
has been a regular lecturer at the Institute
of Advanced Architectural Studies, University of York;
the Architectural Association, London and the
International Centre for the Study of the Preservation of Cultural Property
He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and an Honorary Fellow of the
Department of Archaeology, University
Cathedral of the Church of England in London. The present building is a domed church of great openness designed in a restrained style that combines elements of Neoclassical, Gothic, and Baroque architecture. It was designed by Christopher Wren and constructed (16751710) of Portland stone. The building replaced Old St. Paul's, destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666. The interior is characterized by ironwork and woodcarving by master craftsworkers. The majestic dome, set on a colonnaded drum, rises 365 ft (111 m). The superbly detailed cathedral that Wren built bears only a slight resemblance to the Classical-Gothic design that had been accepted; why this is so remains a mystery.