Tracing the Great Fire

  • January 4, 2014 · 1:45 PM
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Walk length 2 miles/3.2 km approx. Linear.

A short historical walk re-tracing the route of the Great Fire of London from Pudding Lane to Cock Lane.

The Great Fire of London of 1666 came just a short time after the Great Plague. It started at a Pudding Lane bakery, taking five days to end and destroying over 13,000 buildings. 

Although not a full guided tour walk, I will be pointing out some historical sights. The route passes a famous church built by Wren (St Stephen Walbrook) and the locations of two former debtor prisons (Giltspur Street Compter and Wood Street Compter).

The end of the walk is marked by a statue the 'Golden Boy' (thought to mark the end point of the Great Fire).  A pub 'The Fortune of War,' also stood on this spot. Body snatchers used the benches outside to leave bodies for surgeons at nearby St Bartholomew’s Hospital.

Meeting

Meet next to the Monument (Monument to the Great Fire of London) which is close to Monument underground for 1.45pm for the walk to start at 2pm. This is a linear walk and finishes near Farringdon tube. Please check Transport for London.

Please keep your 'RSVP' updated for this event as it would help me get accurate numbers, and determine who is turning up for the walk; my phone number is Colin 07709 305681.

Weather: Updates will be posted; see also BBC Weather
Please see our weather policy

Walking Safety

Walking is a great way to keep fit and generally very safe; however it does contain an element of risk. Before going on any of these walks you need to be reasonably fit and be prepared to be responsible for your own safety. You must wear appropriate clothing such as proper walking shoes, warm and wet weather clothing and carry sufficient food and water. Please see our Terms and Conditions

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  • Steen

    Also, I attended, so that's 17.
    Colin told us lots about the buildings and the history of the area (with occasional corrective help from Katrina). Interesting.

    January 4, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry :-(

      January 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great event! Thanks very very much.

    1 · January 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Plus great craic in the pub afterwards.

      January 6, 2014

  • Sarah

    Thanks Colin,
    I really enjoyed my first Meetup with your group. I'll be along to more in future.

    January 5, 2014

  • bobby r.

    Very enjoyable afternoon and evening with great company and a great host who conducted an interesting and informative tour. Highly recommended !

    January 5, 2014

  • Janne

    Five stars!

    1 · January 4, 2014

  • Max V.

    Nice tour. Nice people.

    January 4, 2014

  • Pedro

    One of the best city walks I've ever done in my life - truly spectacular! It was worth London burning down just for this walk it was that good!

    1 · January 4, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Pedro,
      Was good to meet you. Please keep me posted about the drinks... Cheers.

      January 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really like the idea to explore your own neighborhood this way. Nice guided tour. See you soon.

    January 4, 2014

  • Pedro

    Sorry running 5 mins late

    January 4, 2014

  • Pedro

    I'm coming even if London floods! :-D

    1 · January 3, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      That's the spirit. Perhaps there will be a future walk, 'Tracing the great flood of London'!

      1 · January 4, 2014

  • Sue A

    Should be there unless weather looks too bad , so fingers crossed

    January 3, 2014

  • Colin

    The BBC weather has the rain predicted as clearing by about 2pm, so we should be OK, bring a brolly just in case!

    January 3, 2014

  • Sarah

    Hi Colin, I'm looking forward to the walk on Saturday but if it's pouring with rain I won't be coming I'm afraid.

    January 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just recently moved to London. Looking forward to explore places.

    January 3, 2014

  • Pedro

    I heard everyone gets a free Starbucks coffee courtesy of the organiser on this walk. Is that true?

    January 2, 2014

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