The Great Fire of London, seen from Newgate, 1666 by Jan Griffier


The Great Fire of London, seen from Newgate, 1666


Jan Griffier

Ref GM3547
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 16" x 10" (40 x 25 cm)
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The Great Fire of London was a major conflagration that swept through the central parts of the English City of London, from September 2nd to September 6th 1666. The fire gutted the majority of the Medieval City of London, inside the old Roman City Wall. In total it consumed 13,200 houses, 87 churches, St. Paul`s Cathedral and most of the buildings of the City authorities. Of the 80,000 inhabitants at the time, 70,000 lost their homes, but amazingly only six deaths were recorded, although it may be that the deaths of poor and middle-class people were not added to the statistics and the heat of the fire may have left many victims totally unrecognisable. The Great Fire started at the Baker`s house on Pudding Lane and unfortunately, the then Lord Mayor of London, failed to show good leadership and to give the necessary order for demolition, which was the usual way of preventing the spread of fire at that time.