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Great Fire of London Tag

Thursday 6 September 1666: the extent of the damage

On the morning of 6 September 1666, fires still burned across London. However, they were either contained or such that could be put out one-by-one. The Great Fire of London, as a single conflagration, had been tamed. At this point, it was possible to begin reckoning the extent of the damage. Mercifully, very few people, perhaps just half a dozen in fact, had lost their...

Wednesday 5 September 1666: an end in sight to the Great Fire of London?

As dawn broke on Wednesday 5 September 1666, 355 years ago today, some 60 per cent of the city of London had been laid waste by the greatest fire ever to have engulfed England's biggest and most important city. We have already seen how, on the previous day, things had begun to move in the Londoners' favour. By blowing up entire streets with gunpowder, those fighting the...

Tuesday 4 September 1666: the worst day of the Great Fire of London

When they woke on Tuesday 4 September 1666, Londoners must have felt like they had spent the last two days in hell. Incredibly, things would get worse before they got better. The king, the duke of York and many of London's aldermen and governors continued to lead the containment operation from the front, but the fire seemed unstoppable. By the end of this third day,...

Monday 3 September 1666: London ablaze

As morning broke on this day 355 years ago, few Londoners had slept well. Certainly, Samuel Pepys was up at 4am, with the rest of his household, loading his possessions into a cart to remove them from London. Even at that hour, the streets were crowded with people doing the same. There had been no respite from the fire overnight and more Londoners faced the...

Sunday 2 September 1666: Fire breaks out in London

355 years ago today, Samuel Pepys was woken by Jane, one of his maids, at 3 o’clock in the morning. Pepys was no stranger to nocturnal liaisons with the staff, but this was no time for a fumble. Jane had seen ‘a great fire’ close to London Bridge and she was worried enough to wake her master. Pepys pulled on a nightgown, went to his...

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