A Plan of London as in... Elizabeths Days
A Plan of London as in... Elizabeths Days, and six views - Old Buildings near ye Temple Gate in Fleet Str, Baynards Castle, West view of Old St Pauls, Cheapside and the Cross as before the fire 1666, Inside of the Royal Exchange, The South Prospect of London... after that dreadful Fire.
On Sunday morning, the 2 September 1666, the destruction of medieval London began. In an area of one and a half miles by half a mile, 13,200 houses were destroyed. Only 6 people are definitely known to have been killed, although it seems likely that the actual death toll was much higher. In destroying the close packed houses and other buildings it is also likely that the fire finally put an end to the Great Plague that had devastated the city in the previous year. The fire started in the house and shop of Thomas Farynor, baker to King Charles II in Pudding Lane. Farynor forgot to put out the fire in his oven on the previous night and embers set light to the nearby stacked firewood.
Thomas Bowles (engraver)
Original size: 415 mm x 610 mm
- Image reference: PY2194
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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