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The Great Fire Of London Begins (1666)

The Great Fire Of London Begins (1666)

Just a year after London had recovered from The Great Plague, The Great Fire of London swept through the capital having started at The King’s Bakery in Pudding Lane (a short distance from London Bridge). It was not unusual for fires to break out within the city limits and many were not initially concerned about this one, with reports that the Mayor, Sir Thomas Bloodworth, did not get out of bed when he first heard about it. However, it had been an unusually hot summer and had not rained in weeks. This meant that the wooden buildings that made up London were much more susceptible to fire and the nature that surrounded them was unable to lessen the impact of the blaze. By the 4th of September, it is estimated that half of the city was on fire, with panic spreading throughout the country. Ultimately, The Great Fire Of London destroyed 13200 houses, 87 parish churches and St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Learn more about this shocking piece of history with our activities!

Activity Ideas:

  • Test your knowledge of the capital with our London Underground quiz – here 
  • Print out and enjoy the Ooomph! London Activity Book – here
  • Enjoy the Ooomph! special edition digest about The Great Fire Of London – here
  • Have a go at our London Boroughs Wordsearch – here 
  • Create your own lantern with this activity – here