The London Fire of 1666

Posted by on Thursday, September 1, 2016
Painting showing the great fire of London, 4 September 1666, as seen from a boat in vicinity of Tower Wharf

The Great Fire of London in 1666 was a major blaze that swept through the central parts of the city from Sunday, 2 September to Wednesday, 5 September 1666.

The fire gutted the medieval City of London inside the old Roman city wall. It threatened but did not reach the district of Westminster, Charles II's Palace of Whitehall, and most of the suburban slums.

It consumed 13,200 houses, 87 parish churches, St Paul's Cathedral, and most of the buildings of the City authorities. It is estimated to have destroyed the homes of 70,000 of the City's 80,000 inhabitants.

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