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Great Fire objects, artworks and documents

A selection of the most important Great Fire-related items from the collections of partners and contributors.

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  • Painting: ‘Sir Hugh Wyndham, Judge of ...
    A portrait of one of the Fire Court judges.
  • Painting: ‘The Great Fire of London, 1...
    A painting showing the old St Paul’s Cathedral d...
  • Painting: ‘The Monument from Gracechurch Str...
    A painting showing The Monument in about 1750.
  • Painting: ‘The Ceremony of Swearing in Alder...
    A painting showing portraits of the Fire Court j...
  • Proclamation of Charles II, 1666
    A speech by the king announcing intentions to re...
  • Fragment of painted tracery from inside the ...
    This provides evidence of the medieval cathedral...
  • Modern fire engine
    Fire engines transport firefighters and equipmen...
  • Modern firefighter’s torch
    Torches like this are clipped to the front of a ...
  • Modern firefighting helmet
    The helmet is made of fibreglass and is heatproo...
  • Portait of King Charles II
    This depicts the king with his crown and sceptre...
  • Map: ‘A plan of the City and Liberties of Lo...
    Map of London after the fire.
  • Oak bed, 1620-30
    This is typical of the beds people that rescued ...
  • Melted window glass, 1600s
    This was found by archaeologists on Pudding Lane...
  • Bible box
    People saved precious items like this from the f...
  • Frying pan
    Long handles made pans safer to use over an open...
  • Extract from Samuel Pepys’s diary
    A section from volume four of six of Pepys’s di...
  • Portrait of Samuel Pepys
    Pepys’s diary reveals a lot about what happened ...
  • Hearth tax document, August 1666
    This lists the number of fireplaces in houses on...
  • Painting: ‘The Great Fire of London 16...
    This painting shows the fire as seen from Newgat...
  • Painting: ’The Great Fire of London’
    The fire as imagined on the evening of 4 Septemb...
  • Wine bottle, c1650
    Samuel Pepys buried his wine to save it from the...
  • Minutes from the 26 September 1666 Common Co...
    These capture discussions on how the City was to...
  • Selection of pages from Robert Hooke’s diary...
    These diary pages show how Hooke worked to help ...
  • Richard Newcourt’s plan for rebuilding Londo...
    This plan shows how London could have been rebui...
  • Design by Christopher Wren for the floor of ...
    This drawing shows the process of designing the ...
  • Design by Christopher Wren for the top of th...
    This drawing shows the process of designing the ...
  • Design by Christopher Wren for the dome of S...
    This drawing shows the process of designing the ...
  • Minutes from the first post-fire meeting of ...
    These minutes record discussions about how the C...
  • Printed royal proclamation, 1666
    The proclamation orders the provision of aid for...
  • Act of Common Council, 1667
    The City of London authorities decided where new...
  • Record of donations from Bedfordshire
    A list of all the donations from across Bedfords...
  • Trial record of Robert Hubert
    Hubert was found guilty and hanged for starting ...
  • Letter from a merchant referring to the fire
    A letter from a merchant in Southtowne about the...
  • Painting: Watercolour of Clifford’s Inn
    The Fire Court sat in the building shown in this...
  • Petition by Elizabeth Peacock
    A request for financial help for Elizabeth Peaco...
  • Bostock Toller’s witness statement
    Toller suspected the Rose Inn was deliberately s...
  • Robert Goddard’s witness statement
    This statement is an example of suspicions that ...
  • John Morgan’s eyewitness statement
    This statement is about a fireball flying past M...
  • John Bowler’s eyewitness statement
    This statement is about a man suspected of setti...
  • Plan of Pudding Lane
    A survey plan of the site of Thomas Farriner’s b...
  • A 17th-century fire being extinguished
    A print showing firefighting in the early 1600s.
  • Letter from a merchant describing his losses
    The letter describes the fire and the merchant's...
  • Fire Court hearing of Henry and Rachel Brews...
    The Brewsters’ property was demolished to help t...
  • Trial record of Edmund and Anne Nunne
    The Nunnes allegedly stole goods during the fire...
  • Trial record of Mary Fisher
    Fisher allegedly stole tobacco during the fire.
  • Trial record of John Clift
    Clift was suspected of helping to spread the fir...
  • Trial record of Robert Mason
    Mason was suspected of spreading the fire.
  • List of people reliant on the parish of St J...
    A list of people living in Clerkenwell after the...
  • Pudding Lane plaque
    This plaque blames Catholics and Robert Hubert f...
  • House or tavern sign for the Three Kings
    An example of a tavern sign that conforms to bui...
  • Leather bottle sign
    Hanging signs like this were common on pre-fire ...
  • The table used by the Fire Court judges at C...
    The Fire Court judges resolved rebuilding disput...
  • Half-finished embroidery, 1661-66
    This embroidery may have been saved during the f...
  • Collection of glass
    This was found in a cellar in Gracechurch Street...
  • John Evelyn’s rebuilding plan
    This plan included long, straight streets and la...
  • Oak truckle bed
    Sick people were carried through the streets on ...
  • Virginal, 1656
    Musical instruments were popular items to be sav...
  • Candle snuffer
    This was used to put out the flame of a candle.
  • Dutch account of the Great Fire, 1666
    This account suggests the fire was God’s punishm...
  • Spanish account of the Great Fire, 1666
    This account suggests that the fire was God puni...
  • Account of the Great Fire by ‘Rege Sincera’,...
    An author calling themselves ‘Rege Sincera’ desc...
  • Thomas Vincent’s book, 1667
    Vincent describes the Great Plague and the Great...
  • Monarchy or No Monarchy, 1651
    This book contained William Lilly’s predictions ...
  • Book about the government investigation into...
    This includes statements against Catholics suspe...
  • Additional Rebuilding Act, 1670
    This Act laid out plans for rebuilding churches ...
  • Building regulations order, 8 May 1667
    These are the City of London’s regulations for r...
  • Royal proclamation, 5 September 1666
    Charles II ordered the setting up of markets to ...
  • Letter from James Hicks, 4 September 1666
    Hicks describes the disruption to postal service...
  • Letter from Henry Griffith, 18 September 166...
    Griffith describes the fire spreading and London...
  • Painting: ‘The Monument of London in R...
    This is how The Monument looked in the mid-1700s...
  • Late 17th century fire engine
    This wooden barrel was part of an early fire eng...
  • Drawing: ‘Old St Paul’s from the River...
    This drawing shows scaffolding on the tower of S...
  • The London Gazette newspaper, 3-10 September...
    A modern reproduction of the original which repo...
  • Floor tiles found near Pudding Lane
    These tiles still show traces of soot from the G...
  • Strike-a-light
    A tool used to light a fire or candle.
  • Bread oven
    A smaller, portable version of the Pudding Lane ...
  • Jettied wooden houses
    These houses are like those in the City of Londo...
  • Burnt padlock
    This padlock was found by archaeologists near to...
  • Leather bucket
    Buckets like this were used to throw water on th...
  • Fire squirt
    Fire squirts like this were used to spray water.
  • Fire hook
    Hooks were used to pull down houses to create ga...
  • Four oak brackets
    Brackets were used to support overhanging upper ...
  • Burnt pottery jug
    This pottery jug was found in Leadenhall Street.
  • German map showing area the fire burned
    This German map shows the burnt zones and rebuil...
  • Christopher Wren’s rebuilding plan
    Wren’s plan proposed long, wide streets, a strai...
  • Print of the statue of the ‘Fat Boy’ of Pie ...
    This commemorates the belief that the fire was p...
  • Candlestick
    A candle would have stood in this to provide lig...
  • Cresset lamp
    This lamp would have been hung outside to help l...
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