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The Great fire of London (1666)

The Great fire of London (1666)

The Great Fire of London swept through the central parts of London in 1666. The fire started in a bakery shortly after midnight on Sunday, 2 September, and spread rapidly. The fire gutted the medieval City of London inside the old Roman city wall and destroyed 13,200 houses, 87 parish churches, St Paul’s Cathedral, and most of the buildings of the City authorities. A melted piece of pottery on display at the Museum of London found by archaeologists in Pudding Lane, where the fire started, shows that the temperature reached 1,250 °C (2,280 °F; 1,520 K). The social and economic problems created by the disaster were overwhelming.

Activity Ideas:

  • Print off and enjoy a London themed activity book – here
  • Have a go at recreating the Great Fire of London in a jar – here
  • Explore the Great Fire of London section of our monthly activity book – here