“Fire! The Great Fire of London” Full Guided Walk (Sunday 1st September)

PLEASE CAN 'EVERYONE' KINDLY OBSERVE THE WAITING LIST. FOR THOSE ATTENDING, PLEASE READ MY COMMENTS BELOW. JOHN IS HOSTING THE EVENT, AS ALWAYS FOR THESE WALKS. HOWEVER, HIS ACCOUNT HAS BEEN HACKED. PLEASE EMAIL ME (MARTYN) FOR ANY QUESTIONS. JOHN LOOKS FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL :-)

“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

Time: 2pm

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.

John

 

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  • Lisa

    Brilliant as always

    September 3, 2013

  • Phil

    Danielle shared her wonderful knowledge of London in an engaging walk - again, they are always good!

    September 3, 2013

  • Raj

    very good , greatest fire story nice guide
    i am very happy and tired because 2 hours non rest walking

    September 3, 2013

  • Agnieszka

    Brilliant guide and lovely co-walkers - had a great time as always!

    September 2, 2013

  • maria

    Once again, a great time to discover more about London.

    September 1, 2013

  • Nuria

    Very good.Daniella is an excellent guide-Thank you

    September 1, 2013

  • andrew

    Any chance of posting the post walk pub name here John!

    September 1, 2013

  • andrew

    Very sorry for no-show, I actually did come but then went to Temple instead of Tower Hill, had no signal there and went to Monument an then got to Tower Hill at 2.25, couldn't find the group! Think I drank too much at the beer meetup yesterday!

    September 1, 2013

  • Adele M.

    Hi my train has been cancelled, very sorry!

    September 1, 2013

  • Sue

    Sorry, can't get there in time.

    September 1, 2013

  • Amanda

    Sorry for my last minute cancellation, have a great walk and hope to see you on the next one!

    September 1, 2013

  • Simon

    Hi. Just saw that I had been upgraded to a 'yes' from the waiting list. Not sure that I can make it now, as something has come up which I need to attend to.

    September 1, 2013

  • Andrea

    Hi, my flight to UK was horribly delayed so am unable to make the walk today. Really sorry!! Hope someone from.waiting list will enjoy it as much as I would do! :-)

    September 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am sorry i cannot come, my train does not work today and i do not know how to come in London by another way. I am sorry; Have a good day

    September 1, 2013

  • Shona

    Hey sorry, was on the waiting list, didn't think I would get tickets so I've made alternative plans :( shame!not sure how to cancel sorry?

    September 1, 2013

  • Nuria

    Hello, can I pay once I get to the meeting point?.
    Many thanks,
    Nuria

    September 1, 2013

  • Martyn L.

    PLEASE CAN ALL ATTENDEES READ MY COMMENTS BELOW. I'M NOT HOSTING THE EVENT. JOHN, OUR ASSISTANT ORGANISER, WILL BE THERE WITH DANIELLA THE GUIDE. HOWEVER HIS ACCOUNT HAS BEEN HACKED AND MEETUP.COM, UNDERSTANDABLY, WILL NOT REINSTATE THE ACCOUNT UNTIL THEY CAN BE CERTAIN IT IS ONCE AGAIN SECURE. FINALLY, PLEASE CAN EVERYONE KINDLY OBSERVE THE WAITING LIST :-)

    September 1, 2013

  • Nicola

    Not able to attend this now, feeling unpleasant

    August 31, 2013

  • Ron J.

    Unfortunately I can't make it; pity as this looks like a great walk... See you next time !

    August 30, 2013

  • Martyn L.

    IMPORTANT - John's Meetup account has been hacked, but he will be hosting this event along with the guide Daniella. Meetup have disabled his account after a message was sent claiming to be him asking for money in the Philippines. It was a sophisticated hack that hacked a number of John's accounts. I can assure you though, that John is not in the Philippines - he's one of my best friends who I've known for years :-)....However, Meetup obviously have to ensure that his account is secure again before they grant him access again. Kind regards, Martyn

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    August 29, 2013

  • Denise J.

    I'd love to join... Please

    August 24, 2013

  • Martina

    Hi, I'm very pleased to joining my first guided walk with a nice group in London.

    August 20, 2013

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