The Great Fire of London breaks out

Author: Muruga
Sector: Today in History
Industry: History


The Great Fire of London breaks out


2 September 1666

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The Great Fire was remembered as one of the most catastrophic mishaps in the history of the British Empire. The fire consumed an estimated 13,200 homes and several other landmarks including the Royal Exchange and St Paul’s Cathedral. Although it was recorded that there were less than 10 human casualties, close to a 100,000 inhabitants were displaced. While many believe that the fire emerged out of Pudding Lane, Hearth Tax records establish that it began out of Thomas Farriner’s bakery out on Fish Yard instead. Some even speculate that the fire had been planned by a band of rogue politicians. It was not until several months later that the final embers were extinguished in the charred cellars of the once robust city.

Citations:
  1. Johnson, Ben. “The Great Fire of London.” HISTORIC UK The History and Heritage Accomodation Guide, Historic UK Ltd,
  2. “What happened in the Great Fire of London?” Museum of London

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