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“Fire! The Great Fire of London” - Full Guided Walk:
This is the latest in our fully guided walks conducted by Daniella, a qualified City of London Tour Guide whom we have employed just for this event. The walk will last for about 2 hours and has been organised solely for members of Friends in London. Numbers for this walk have to be limited to a maximum of 45. Please only book if you definitely intend to come and please do not cancel within 24 hours of the walk as this ruins it for our other members who want to come.
Date: Sunday 1st September 2013
Where: Outside Tower Hill Tube Station.
We will meet at the Trinity Square Exit.
Nearest Tube: Tower Hill.
Meet at the Trinity Square Exit.
Check the MAP.
Host: John Pullen[masked]
Cost: £8 collected at the beginning of the walk.
“Fire!” It is a term which immediately sends shivers down the spine and puts us on full alert. We instinctively know that fire is dangerous and can destroy property and take lives. And that is in today’s times when we know help is only a phone call away. Just think for a moment what it must have been like in 1666 when London faced the largest fire it had ever seen.
And what is more, at this time in its history, London was vulnerable. It had been a city divided by the English Civil War, it was a place obsessed with Popish and foreign enemies, and worst of all – it was just beginning to recover from the ravages of the Black Death. Fire was the last thing it wanted but it got one that would destroy most of the original City of London.
It was a city known by William the Conqueror, Henry VIII and William Shakespeare. But over the course of three days in the autumn of 1666, it would destroy all they had known. The Great Fire of London would consume 80% of the ancient city; destroy over 13,000 homes, 87 churches, 44 livery halls and the destruction of the towering church of Old St. Paul’s.
On this walk we are going to follow the route of the fire and its path of destruction. We will hear how it started, why it spread so quickly and hear about what was lost. In addition we learn of the human elements associated with the fire; the foolish mayor (not Boris!), the flamboyant diarist and the royal baker.
But we are not going to only concentrate on the destruction. For from out of the flames, the new phoenix of London emerged, reinvented and rebuilt to the designs of none other than Sir Christopher Wren.
After our very successful previous guided walks, we have once again employed the services of Daniella; a professional badged London Guide who will bring all these stories to life. I will of course be there to help out with the organisation of the event and to find a nice pub at the end. I’ll make sure there are no open fires! So if you fancy joining a really friendly bunch of people, we can experience what it must have been really like to have lived during the Great Fire of 1666.