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A Plan for Rebuilding the City of London after the Great Fire in 1666

A Plan for Rebuilding the City of London after the Great Fire in 1666

Architect: Wren, Christopher

Medium: Engraving

Date: ca. 1800

Shelfmark: Maps Crace Port. 17.4

Item number: 4

Length: 178

Width: 330

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Plan

Map scale description: ca. 3 1/4" : 1/2 mile or 880 yards

Engraver: Sparrow, Samuel

This is a reduced version of Sir Christopher Wren's plan for rebuilding London after the Great Fire which destroyed seven-eighths of the city.

Wren was a Professor of Astronomy at Oxford with interest in the science of architecture, he was among the first to submit a proposal after the catastrophe. The narrow streets that had helped spread the fires have been replaced by monumental avenues radiating from piazzas. The classical buildings and formal street plans that Wren had studied in Paris and Rome are a clear influence. He also proposed constructing a Thameside quay from Bridewell to the Tower, replacing the ramshackle wooden wharf-side buildings with warehouses. A vignette of Tamesis (a river god), with London burning in the background has been added to the border. Wren's plan was never used.

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