City Walks: The Great Fire of London
September 2016 marks the 350th anniversary of the 'Great Fire of London' and today's walk was a wander around the City, roughly following the City of London's self-guided walk leaflet, visiting a few of the sights which relate to it. It is believed that a small fire started, in the early hours of September 2nd 1666, at Thomas Farriner's bakery in Pudding Lane and it quickly spread towards the warehouses which lined the Thames and then into the City. It ravaged through the overcrowded tightly packed streets before eventually being extinguished on the morning of September 6th.
The fire destroyed 13,200 houses, 87 churches, three City gates, 52 livery halls, the Royal Exchange and St. Paul's Cathedral. Surprisingly there were only six recorded deaths, but this has been challenged recently on the grounds that the deaths of the poor and middle-class people were not recorded. All in all four fifths of the City was in ruins.
Distance: around 4 miles.