The Great Fire of London
How the Great Fire started, spread and was fought.
Streets and buildings
Most of the medieval City of London was swept away by the Great Fire. Rebuilding took many years.
How did Londoners experience the fire and how did their lives change as a result?
Society and politics
The social background to the fire and its repercussions across the country and the world.
Advice for teachers
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Painting: ‘Sir Hugh Wyndham, Judge of the Common Pleas’, 1670
Painting: ‘The Great Fire of London, 1666’ by an unknown artist after Waggoner
Painting: ‘The Monument from Gracechurch Street’
Painting: ‘The Ceremony of Administering the Mayoralty Oath to Nathaniel Newnham, November 8 1782’
Portrait of Samuel Pepys
Painting: ‘The Great Fire of London 1666’
Painting imagining the fire
Painting: Watercolour of Clifford’s Inn
Plan of Pudding Lane
A 17th-century fire being extinguished