Architecture for Kids

Nicholas Hawksmoor

St. Alfege, Greenwich, England 1712-14
The church's ceiling is the largest suspended oval ceiling in Western Europe.
Nicholas Hawsmoor is an English architect who was involved in the development of most of the great English Baroque buildings. He was a student of Sir Christopher Wren and assisted in the building of Westminster Abbey, designing its towers. He also worked with Sir John Vanbrugh on Castle Howard and Blenheim Palace. He is credited with the Kensington Orangery in Kensington Gardens, Easton Neston in Northhamptonshire (1696-1792), and All Soul's College in Oxford (1715-1734).

His churches include Christchurch, Spitalfields (1714-1729); St. Anne's-Limehouse (1712-1730); St. Georges-in-the-East; St. George's, Bloomsbury (1720-1730); St. Mary Woolnoth, London (1716-1724); and above, St. Alfege, which is the first of the churches to be built in London after the fire of 1666 and the only one south of the Thames.