Annual Lecture

Hawksmoor's London

Sunday 18th November at 11am

Howe Lecture Theatre, QA080
Queen Anne Court
University of Greenwich
Old Royal Naval College

Hawksmoor’s six great London churches, spread over the city from Greenwich in the east, through Lime-house, Wapping, Spitalfields to the City, and Bloomsbury in the west, are without doubt some of London’s most original and imaginative architectural expressions. Today, 300 years since the completion of St Alfege's, Greenwich, the first of Hawksmoor's churches, the sheer scale and awe-inspiring visual quality of these buildings remains as startling as when they first rose. They are the dramatic manifestations of a mind obsessed with the imaginative and associative potential of architectural form – and stand as Hawksmoor’s most enduring legacy.

In this lecture, architectural writer, historian and curator, Owen Hopkins, explores the genesis of Hawksmoor's churches (and some of his other London works) and the architectural, urban and ecclesiastical contexts from which they emerged and which helped shaped the distinctive and idiosyncratic form. Hopkins also considers Hawksmoor’s broader ideas about the city and speculates on what London would have been like if Hawksmoor's grand ambitions had been realised, bringing to life the mythical world of Hawksmoor's London.

Tickets are £5 to Greenwich Society Members (and include a glass of wine after the lecture)