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Fish Street Hill

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EC4R 9AA

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“Fire!” It is a term which immediately sends shivers down the spine and puts us on full alert. We instinctively know that fire is dangerous and can destroy property and take lives. And that is in today’s times when we know help is only a phone call away. Just think for a moment what it must have been like in 1666 when London faced the largest fire it had ever seen.

And what is more, at this time in its history, London was vulnerable. It had been a city divided by the English Civil War, it was a place obsessed with Popish and foreign enemies, and worst of all – it was just beginning to recover from the ravages of the Black Death. Fire was the last thing it wanted but it got one that would destroy most of the original City of London.

It was a city known by William the Conqueror, Henry VIII and William Shakespeare. But over the course of three days in the autumn of 1666, it would destroy all they had known. The Great Fire of London would consume 80% of the ancient city; destroy over 13,000 homes, 87 churches, 44 livery halls and the destruction of the towering church of Old St. Paul’s.

On this walk we are going to follow the route of the fire and its path of destruction. We will hear how it started, why it spread so quickly and hear about what was lost. In addition we learn of the human elements associated with the fire; the foolish mayor , the flamboyant diarist and the royal baker.

But we are not going to only concentrate on the destruction. For from out of the flames, the new phoenix of London emerged, reinvented and rebuilt to the designs of none other than Sir Christopher Wren.

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