Great Fire Of London

The Great Fire of London is one of the pivotal events in London's history, destroying much of Medieval London but leading to the creation of some great new landmarks.

It happened on 2 September 1666 in [Pudding Lane]? in a bakery and burnt for several days, getting as far west as [Fleet Street]? and as far east as [Tower Street]?. According to Hugh Clout (The Times History of London, Times Books, 1999), it destroyed more than 13,000 houses, 87 churches and 57 company halls. However, surprisingly few people actually died in it (fix please? - think the figure is about 35)

The fire gave the opportunity to [Christopher Wren]? to rebuild many of the churches including [St Pauls]?. Plans to recreate London as a European city with boulevards were thwarted as people quickly rebuilt their own houses, leaving most of the Medieval geography of the city intact, although wooden buildings have never been allowed in London again, with the exception of the rebuilt Globe Theatre.

The Monument pays tribute to the fire. It was said to have started in Pudding Lane and finished in Toast Street, proving to commentators of the time that it was a punishment from God for gluttony. A section of the Monument blaming the fire on the Catholics has been erased. While the fire undoubtedly devastated the City, it has been credited for finally finishing off the Plague in the city.

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