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Wren's plans after the fire

1666

Wren's plans after the fire

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    The Great Fire of London started in a baker’s shop in Pudding Lane on 2 September 1666, and by the time it was extinguished four days later, it had destroyed seven-eighths of the city (373 acres), including more than 13,000 houses and 84 churches as well as St Paul’s Cathedral and much of London Bridge. After the fire, architect Sir Christopher Wren submitted plans for rebuilding London to Charles II. An 18th-century copy of these plans is shown here. The narrow streets that had helped the fire spread are here replaced by wide avenues. Wren was influenced by the classical buildings and grand formal street plans of Paris. In fact, his plans were not taken up, mainly due to lack of finances. This map includes two panoramic views of London before and after the fire, based on views by the artist Wenceslaus Hollar.

     

    Shelfmark: Maps.Crace XVII

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