The Great Fire of London

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It’s the 2nd September 1666 and the sparks from Thomas Farriner’s bakery in Pudding Lane have set the packed timber houses of London alight and the city has become a raging inferno.

The flames are so hot cooked pigeons are dropping out of the sky, the streets are running with molten lead and St Paul’s is burning to the ground.

Londoners are fleeing the Capital, piling into boats on the river to escape the destruction as panic sweeps the city.



2nd September 1666

Early hours - A fire starts in a bakery in Pudding Lane, near London Bridge. 

Early hours - Lord Mayor Thomas Bludworth visits the fire but dismisses it stating it is not serious. 

Morning - Samuel Pepys tells the king in Whitehall 'that unless his Majesty did command houses to be pulled down nothing could stop the fire'. 

By that evening - The fire is half a mile wide, spanning between Botolph Lane, Three Cranes Wharf and Cannon Street. 

3rd September 1666

Morning - Volunteers and soldiers set up firefighting bases. 

During the day - The printers of The London Gazette burns down; Monday's issue is already printed with news that 'a sudden and lamentable fire' is burning London. 

Afternoon - Schoolboys from Westminster School fight the fire at the church of St Dunstan-in-the-East. 

Evening - The fire stretches from Blackfriars to Threadneedle Street. 

4th September 1666

Early hours - Cheapside, one of London's most important streets, begins to burn. 

Late afternoon - Gunpowder is used to blow up houses in an attempt to stop the fire reaching the Tower of London. 

Late afternoon - Samuel Pepys digs a pit in his garden to protect his valuables from the fire; Parmesan cheese and wine.  

Evening - St Paul's Cathedral catches fire. 

During the night - The fire covers an area from the Tower of London to Temple but the wind begins to ease. 

5th September 1666 

Morning - Most of the remaining fires are put out. 

Evening - Outbreaks of new flames are fought at Shoe Lane, Temple and Cripplegate. 

6th September 1666

Early hours - Samuel Pepys helps put out the final fire at Bishopsgate. 

The Great Fire of London is over. 


Will you ‘Escape the Great Fire’? 


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