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Sir Christopher Wren’s Joke in Windsor Guildhall

May 23, 2021


Take a close look (click image) at the four central columns here. Notice the dark shadows above each one? They are Sir Christopher Wren’s joke! How’s that for a bit of architectural humour? 🙂

Instead of a plague on all your houses this is a joke at the expense of your councillors!

Windsor councillors insisted that these columns be added to the Guildhall for safety reasons. (Ahem!)

Sir Christopher Wren’s four column joke in Windsor Guildhall

Sir Christopher Wren, the greatest English architect of his time, designed St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, and founded The Royal Society. He lived in a Thamesside luxury home in Windsor and conveniently commuted to London by boat! After the Great Fire of London in 1666 which destroyed the homes of an estimated 70,000 of the 80,000 inhabitants of the city, Sir Christopher Wren was responsible for the rebuilding of many churches in London and was appointed the…

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