The Great Fire of London - level 2
The Great Fire of London was a big fire which started on Sunday, 2 September and finished on Wednesday, 5 September 1666. It destroyed the City of London. The fire destroyed 13,200 houses, 87 churches, St. Paul’s cathedral and most of the office buildings of the City. 70,000 of 80,000 people lost their homes. Only six people died, but nobody knows about the deaths of poor people. There could be many.
The Great Fire started maybe at the shop of Thomas Farriner. It started shortly after midnight on Sunday, 2 September, and it went quickly west across the City of London. The boss of London, Sir Thomas Bloodworth, did not know what to do. This wasn’t good because the fire moved very fast and nobody knew how to stop it. On Monday the fire was already in the middle of the City. On Tuesday it destroyed St. Paul’s Cathedral. Finally on Wednesday the fire was stopped.
After the catastrophe there were big social and economic problems. King Charles II told people to move out of London and live somewhere else. He was afraid of a rebellion.
There were many new ideas how to rebuild London. But in the end it was reconstructed the same way as it was before the fire.
Written by Hana
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