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The Great Fire of London

Posted in Anniversary, History on Monday, 23 August 2010

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The Great Fire of London. Illustration by Peter Jackson

2 September marks the anniversary of the beginning of the Great Fire of London in 1666. The fire began in the bakery of Thomas Farriner in Pudding Lane and was fanned by a strong easterly wind. The indecisive mayor, Sir Thomas Bloodworth, failed to create firebreaks – by means of demolition – and the fire spread to the heart of the city. The fire was eventually brought under control, having burned from early Sunday morning until the following Wednesday.

Although only a handful of people at most died, the fire destroyed 13,500 houses, 87 churches, 44 company halls, the Royal Exchange, three City Gates and St. Paul’s Cathedral.

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