Great Fire of London map

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    In 17th century London, fires were common, but none spread so wide or caused as much damage as the Great Fire of London, which started in a baker’s shop in Pudding Lane on 2 September 1666. London was by far the largest city in England and it mainly consisted of wooden buildings, tightly packed together along very narrow streets. This poorly built urban sprawl, together with dry weather and a strong easterly wind, created the perfect conditions for the rapid spread of the fire. It raged for four days until it was finally extinguished, largely due to a change in wind direction. By then it had destroyed 373 acres of the city, including more than 13,000 houses and 84 churches as well as St Paul’s Cathedral and much of London Bridge. This map, completed in 1677, shows the remains of the city after the Great Fire.

     

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