Once the fire stopped, there was no time to lose in getting the City of London, the country’s financial heart, up and running again. On 10 September 1666, the first meeting of the Common Council (the City’s decision-making group) since the Great Fire was held. They congregated at Bishopsgate, unable to meet at the Guildhall as usual as it had been damaged by fire.
The fact that the meeting took place so soon after the fire had been defeated shows how important it was to get the City running again. The Council agreed that it should meet weekly.