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The Great Fire of London, the name itself is hugely evocative – not just the Fire of London but the GREAT Fire of London.
The great fire of 1666 was the biggest and most destructive single event to occur in London’s long history, destroying 13,200 houses, 87 Parish Churches, 44 Company Halls; the Royal Exchange, Custom House, St Paul's Cathedral and the three western city gates. It is estimated that 70,000 out of the 80,000 occupants of the city were made homeless by the fire.
We’ll also be looking at the links between the Great Fire and the other major transformative event in London’s history, the Blitz of the Second World War.
Our Walk following the Path of the Fire
Our walk starts opposite the entrance to the Monument to the Great Fire, I will be carrying a red umbrella. Distance is approximately 2 miles (3.5 km) and takes around 2 hours.
Selected highlights include:
The Monument to the Fire built between 1671 and 1677
The location of the start of the Fire at Pudding Lane
The remains of several churches affected by the fire
The oldest surviving buildings in the City of London, dating from the 13th - 15th Centuries
Stories of some of London’s most prominent historical citizens
The impact of the Blitz in WW2 on the surviving structures from the Great Fire
At the end of the walk you will have passed through the historic center of the City of London and witnessed its rebirth and renewal from the trauma of the Great Fire further destruction from WW2 bombing and later incidents.
We’ll examine well known myths about the Great Fire – did it eradicate the Plague from London, how many died in the fire and reach some surprising conclusions.
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London Fire Walk Reviews
As part of a small group.. David took us on a wonderfully informative 2 hour walk that covered a small part of London devastated by the Great Fire. Along route David stopped off at significant areas..... more »
We had an excellent tour with David, it was one of the highlights of a very busy weekend doing the sights of London. David was friendly and very informative, with images and descriptions that... more »
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