The London Gazette of 3 September 1666 contained a short paragraph on the outbreak of a fire in London. It said that the fire ‘continues with great violence’. The next issue of the newspaper did not appear and people had to wait until 10 September for more news.
All kinds of rumours spread around the country about the fire. Was it the result of a foreign invasion? Some said thousands of Londoners had been killed.
In reality, the newspaper’s printers near Baynard’s Castle had burned down in the fire on Monday 3 September. A printing press was set up in a churchyard, enabling the next issue to come out on 10 September.