The Great Fire of London, in that Apocalyptic Year, 1666 by Neil Hanson1666 London and the fire to end all fires. I cant imagine having a fire like that raze your house, your neighborhood and your city to the point all land marks were gone and people couldnt find where their house even was....that is if they survived. There was no Red Cross or welfare and people died from being out in the elements with no food. 80% of the City of London was homeless after that fire! The heat was so intense it melted glass, iron and steel which means that would cremate humans. The fats in your body act like tallow in a candle! No accurate death count exists as people were turned to ash.
Good read about a cataclysmic event.
The Great Fire of London.
Farriner always claimed that all the fires in his house had been out, except for one which had only been smouldering when he went up to bed — it was common for a 17th-century Londoner to live in the same building where they had their business. Fires, too, were common in 17th-century London, where wooden houses were built close together and leaning into the narrow streets. In fact many contemporary prophecies predicted a great fire that would destroy much of the capital. Regardless of whether or not Farriner was telling the truth about his ovens, the houses of Pudding Lane were well stocked with highly flammable materials including rope, oil, tar and brandy — plenty of fuel for a fledgling fire. Unfortunately, a long, dry summer had seen houses made of timber wood become tinder dry and, to make matters worse, stormy winds blowing from the east helped the fire spread uncontrollably across the city. Fortunately, a section of London Bridge was missing, so although the bridge itself did catch fire, the flames never reached Southwark on the south side of the River Thames. Firefighting was fairly primitive in the 17th century.
It threatened but did not reach the aristocratic district of Westminster , Charles II 's Palace of Whitehall , or most of the suburban slums. It is estimated to have destroyed the homes of 70, of the city's 80, inhabitants. The death toll is unknown but was traditionally thought to have been small, as only six verified deaths were recorded.
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Who started the fire?
One of the most famous disasters in London's history, the Great Fire of devastated the heart of England's capital, destroying more than 13, houses and badly damaging landmarks including St Paul's Cathedral and the Royal Exchange. But how much do you really know about the blaze? The ground scorched his feet and he found nothing but dust, ash and ruins. It was the fourth day of the Great Fire of London and, though some parts of the city would continue to burn for months, the worst of the destruction was finally over. Those with more than a passing knowledge of the crucial facts might be aware of accounts of King Charles II fighting the fire alongside his brother, the Duke of York; of Samuel Pepys taking pains to bury his prized parmesan cheese; or of the French watchmaker Robert Hubert meeting his death at Tyburn after falsely claiming to have started the blaze. Here are 10 more facts you may not know about the Great Fire of London….
We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. To find out more or to learn how to change your computer settings on our cookies page. Back in the s, people were not as aware of the dangers of fire as they are today. About , people lived in London just before the Great Fire, it was one of the largest cities in Europe. Homes arched out over the street below, almost touching in places, and the city was buzzing with people. Following a long, dry summer the city was suffering a drought.
Fires were quite a common occurrence in those days and were soon quelled. A woman might piss it out! However that summer had been very hot and there had been no rain for weeks, so consequently the wooden houses and buildings were tinder dry. The fire soon took hold: houses quickly collapsed and the strong east wind spread the flames further, jumping from house to house. The fire swept through the warren of streets lined with houses, the upper stories of which almost touched across the narrow winding lanes. Efforts to bring the fire under control by using buckets quickly failed. Panic began to spread through the city.