Trinity College, Oxford

I started the day of a Wren conference in the chapel of Trinity College, Oxford which I have been in only once before when it was being restored – a wonderful space with extraordinarily fine Grinling Gibbons woodwork, now cleaned of later paint:-

It was good preparation for the excellent paper by Mark Kirby on the extent of Wren’s role in the design of the church furnishings of five of the City Churches and whether or not he had inherited his father’s and uncle’s Laudian attitude to liturgy:  the answer, perhaps not surprisingly, is that there is no evidence of it;  he was working at speed and did what the rector and congregation wanted.


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