Sculpture unveiling at Wren’s Birthplace on 21 October

21 Oct 2023
East Knoyle, Wiltshire


‘The Wren Stone’ consists of a rough quarry block of Portland stone, surmounted by a finely cut polyhedron. The cottage where Wren was born (20th October 1632) no longer exists, but this sculpture marks the location. The basic material comes from the Isle of Portland in Dorset, where Wren visited the quarries, to select material for St Paul’s Cathedral and other buildings.  In its raw form it could be seen to represent the origin of Wren’s life here, whereas the highly carved stone above refers to structures found in mathematics and astronomy.

John Maine RA, has carved the work in his studio in the village, and has donated it to the Village Council, to become a focus for residents and visitors.  Revd. Kate MacFarlane will officially unveil it, and there will be a reception afterwards in St Mary’s Church, where Wren’s father was the Rector in 17th Century.

This is an open event.