Wren, Christopher

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Wren, Christopher Gender: M
born on 20 October 1631 Jul.Cal. (30 Oct 1631 greg.) at 19:30 (= 7:30 PM )
Place East Knoyle, England, 51n0426, 2w1016
Timezone LMT m2w1016 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Starkman
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 07°09' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 23°38 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 03°28'

Christopher Wren


British architect, one of the most famous of the British architects, who designed Saint Paul's Cathedral and more than 50 other London churches after the great London fire of 1666. The son of a clergyman, his father was Dean of Windsor and the boy was educated at Wadham College, Oxford, 1653, achieving early fame as a mathematician and astronomer. A professor of astronomy at Gresham College in London, 1657-1661, he designed his first building, the chapel of Pembroke in 1663.

Wren was one of the foundation members of the Royal Society in 1661. He studied architecture in France for nine months and after returning in 1666, he prepared a plan to reconstruct London after the Great Fire. Design of the new St. Paul's Cathedral took a total of 35 years to complete. Wren designed 52 London churches, Greenwich Hospital, Hampton Court and Kensington Palace, 1689-1702. He was Knighted in 1673.

Wren made his first marriage to Faith Coghill in 1669 and after her death he married Jane Fitzwilliam in 1676. He died on 25 February 1723, Hampton Court and is buried in St. Paul's, England.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Social : End a program of study 1653 (Graduated Wadham College)
  • Work : New Career 1657 (Professor of astronomy)
  • Social : Joined group 1661 (Became a member of the Royal Society)
  • Work : New Job 1663 (Designed his first church)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1669 (First marriage Faith Coghill)
  • Work : Prize 1673 (Knighted)
  • Work : Gain social status 1675 (Designed St. Paul's Cathedral)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1676 (Second marriage Jane Fitzwilliam)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1689 (Started designing Kensington Palace)
  • Death, Cause unspecified 25 February 1723 Jul.Cal. (8 Mar 1723 greg.) (Age 90)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Harmer in AQ 9/1957, same from Weymss in "Wheel of Life," Vol 2, October 20, 1632 OS, 8:00 PM LAT. Modern Astrology 1939 cites the chronology of his family as his father recorded the birth of his 11 kids, with the record now in the National Library of Wales. A prior son, also named Christopher, was born October 20, 1631 and died within the hour. As Wren was born on the same date a year later, he was given the same name

In June 2020 Starkman change the year to 1631, quting Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre with images of baptisimal records[1]

"Sir Christopher Wren - the architect who designed St Paul’s Cathedral, was born and baptised in the village of East Knoyle, in Wiltshire. Son of the rector of East Knoyle, also called Christopher, Sir Christopher was not the first child with that name. The first Christopher was baptised 22 November 1630.

Sadly but fairly typically of this era, the first Christopher did not survive, although his burial is not recorded in the registers.

The second Christopher, who went on to become the famous architect, was baptised the following year, 10 November 1631. “Christopher 2d sonne of Christopher Wren D[oc]t[o]r in Divinitie & Rector”

I found this particularly interesting as according to the Dictionary of National Biography Christopher was born 20 October 1632 – so the last year is incorrect in the latter. I did double check the baptism register for 1632 and 1633 and there is definitely no further baptism of a Christopher Wren in that period"

Starkman quotes Memoirs of the Life and Work of Sir Christopher Wren by James Elmes (1832)" was born between the hours of seven and eight in the afternoon of Friday, the 20th of October 1632. "inter 7 et (juxta) 8 horam post merid " written by his son, manuscript in the British Museum.

Wikitree [2] "Christopher Wren, the second son of the The Reverend Christopher Wren, Rector of East Knoyle in Wiltshire, and his wife, Mary Cox, and nephew of Dr. Mathew Wren, the Bishop of Norwich, was baptised at East Knoyle in Wiltshire on 10 November 1631. "Paternalia" compiled by his son, Christopher, says that he was born on 20 October 1832. Children usually know the day of a parent's birth but can easily be mistaken about the year. The assumption here is that he was born in 1631, probably on 20th October and was baptised on 10 November".


  • Family : Childhood : Sibling circumstances (Prior child with same name born one year earlier)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Relationship : Widowed (First wife died)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 90)
  • Vocation : Building Trades : Architect/ Planner (Architect, designer)
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher (Professor of astronomy)
  • Notable : Awards : Knighted
  • Notable : Famous : Historic figure (Famed architect)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession