The Great Fire of London - level 3

The Great Fire of London - level 3

05-09-2011 18:00

The Great Fire of London was a big fire in the central parts of London, which lasted from Sunday, 2 September to Wednesday, 5 September 1666. The fire burnt down the medieval City of London inside the old Roman City Wall. It consumed 13,200 houses, 87 churches, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and most of the buildings of the City authorities. It destroyed the homes of 70,000 of the City’s 80,000 inhabitants. There were only six dead people, but it is possible that the deaths of poor and middle-class people were not recorded.

The Great Fire started at the bakery of Thomas Farriner, shortly after midnight on Sunday, 2 September, and it spread rapidly west across the City of London. The mayor of London, Sir Thomas Bloodworth, was not sure what to do, which critically delayed the use of the fire fighting technique. Meanwhile the fire became a firestorm which was almost unstoppable. On Monday the fire was already in the heart of the City, on Tuesday it destroyed St. Paul’s Cathedral. Finally on Wednesday the fire was stopped.

The disaster created big social and economic problems. King Charles II encouraged people to move out of London and live somewhere else, because he was afraid of a London rebellion. Despite numerous new ideas, London was reconstructed on almost the same street plan as it was used before the fire.

Written by Hana

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