Sir Christopher Wren by Godfrey Kneller - Wren can be seen holding a compass over the plans for St. Paul's Cathedral
Sir Christopher Wren was an early Freemason who, like Elias Ashmole, searched constantly for lost knowledge, especially concentrating on the divinity of architecture. Like Sir Isaac Newton (who was also a Fellow of the Royal Society), Wren searched for the true measurement of Solomon's Temple, working on a design for the Temple. This search for the true dimensions of the Temple and his interest in classical architecture influenced his work on St Paul's Cathedral in London, the building of which attracted many renowned 'operative' Freemasons of the period such as the Stone and the Strong family. My first book The Genesis of Freemasonry discusses Wren's work and presents evidence of him being a Freemason, and also puts forward how the Cathedral became a symbolic representation of Solomon's Temple in London, which was seen as a new Jerusalem. The search for the divine cubit influenced one particular Freemason to re-design the Masonic ritual and create the 'three degree' ritual of Modern Freemasonry - he is discussed - along with the evidence presented in The Genesis of Freemasonry, and I will feature him in part 3 of the blog post.