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St. Paul's Cathedral Before Christopher Wren

John Schofield discusses the history of this landmark building from its Anglo-Saxon origins to its magnificent reconstruction after the Great Fire of London in 1666.

St. Paul's Cathedral Before Wren


From a June 18, 2012 lecture in conjunction with the Folger exhibition, Open City: London, 1500-1700.




John Schofield is the Cathdral Archaeologist for St. Paul's Cathedral. Prior to his time at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Schofield was an archaeologist at the Museum of London, specializing in the archaeology of the City of London, from 1974 until 2008. He has written or edited several books about urban archaeology and the archaeology of London, particularly in the medieval and Tudor periods. His most recent book is St. Paul’s Cathedral Before Wren, and London, 1100-1600: The Archaeology of a Capital City.

St. Paul's Cathedral

Gipkyn. Old St Paul's. Oil on panel, 1616

Dugdale. The history of St. Pauls Cathedral in London. London, 1658


St. Paul's Cathedral Before Christopher Wren

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