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One of the permanent legacies to be established as part of the INSPIRE! Appeal is the annual Wren Talk, an event intended to commemorate and celebrate the life of a man whose contribution to modern life is impossible to measure. Nevertheless we will try; future talks will cover a whole range of subjects associated with Wren's vision, with contemporary subjects and speakers.
The inaugural talk was delivered by leading architect and urbanist Sir Terry Farrell as part of the 2012 London Festival of Architecture. Farrell spoke to a packed St Bride's of Sir Christopher Wren's masterplan for London after the Great Fire - which, of course, was never implemented - as well as his plans for various parts of the capital.
Farrell presented his view that London is a better city for its lack of a 'grand plan' such as that seen in Paris, and Wren's subsequent contribution to the city, the 56 churches and many other buildings is unsurpassed. In his view the best projects going ahead are those that celebrate rather than reinvent what we already have - a message that chimes perfectly with our campaign to save St Bride's, one of Wren's smaller churches but considered his cathedral in Fleet Street.