Architecture Ride: Hawksmoor

Saturday 29th January 2005

Twenty keen cyclists met for another architecture ride to savour the delights of Hawksmoor's work.

Hawksmoor is probably much greater than he is given credit for, as he worked very closely with two contemporaries who got most of the glory - Vanbrugh and Wren.

We looked at some of the monuments he is known to have left us with, starting with the western towers of Westminster Abbey and finishing at Greenwich. After looking at the Royal Naval Hospital, we indulged with puddings in the pie and mash shop!

On the way we saw the baroque wonders of church architecture including Christchurch Spitalfields (see below) and the church with the most original exterior in the City, St Mary Woolnoth.

Interior of Christchurch Spitalfields. Credit: Martin Godwin/ The Guardian
Interior of Christchurch Spitalfields (photo: Martin Godwin/ The Guardian)

We were really lucky with the weather, too!

Thanks to Janet Paske and Mark Knox for organising the ride, and to Anthony Gilmour for sharing his knowledge of the churches.