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.
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.
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