The Great Fire of London: The Essential Guide by Adrian Tinniswood2 SEPTEMBER 1666: 350 YEARS SINCE THE GREAT FIRE OF LONDON
In the early hours of 2 September 1666 a small fire broke out in a bakery in Pudding Lane. In the five days that followed it grew into a conflagration that would devastate the third largest city in the Western world.
This short edition is the essential guide to the Great Fire of London and includes first-hand descriptions from the diaries of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn, as well as a gripping account from renowned historian Adrian Tinniswood.
1666: The Great Fire of London (British Documentary)
Great Fire of London
One of the most famous disasters in London's history, the Great Fire of devastated the heart of England's capital, destroying more than 13, houses and badly damaging landmarks including St Paul's Cathedral and the Royal Exchange. But how much do you really know about the blaze? The ground scorched his feet and he found nothing but dust, ash and ruins. It was the fourth day of the Great Fire of London and, though some parts of the city would continue to burn for months, the worst of the destruction was finally over. Those with more than a passing knowledge of the crucial facts might be aware of accounts of King Charles II fighting the fire alongside his brother, the Duke of York; of Samuel Pepys taking pains to bury his prized parmesan cheese; or of the French watchmaker Robert Hubert meeting his death at Tyburn after falsely claiming to have started the blaze. Here are 10 more facts you may not know about the Great Fire of London….
We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. To find out more or to learn how to change your computer settings on our cookies page. Back in the s, people were not as aware of the dangers of fire as they are today. About , people lived in London just before the Great Fire, it was one of the largest cities in Europe. Homes arched out over the street below, almost touching in places, and the city was buzzing with people.
Actually, it was. Farriner closed his Pudding Lane bakery on the evening of Saturday, September 1 He raked up the coals in the bakehouse hearth, as he did every night, and went up to bed. But this night was different. He struggled up the stairs and roused Farriner, his daughter Hanna and their maid. Only now, there was no way down.