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The Great Fire of London

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The Great Fire of London By Jose Roman With September following on from the summer, the city was very dry and drought had depleted water reserves (The Great Fire of London of 1666). The city's architecture had changed little from the middle ages.Narrow, cobble stoned, foul smelling streets doubled as the city's sewers which contributed to the plague (The Great Fire of London, 1666). Streets were lined with houses made of wood and pitch, both highly flammable,with some being four stories high. The upper stories of these homes overhung the lower ones and projected into the streets decreasing the distance (The Great Fire of London, 1666) In her panic the maid attempted to escape through a window. She failed and was one of the few who died in the Great Fire (The Great Fire of London of 1666). The fire started at Thomas Farriner's bakery on Pudding Lane. His maid failed to put out the ovens at the end of the night (The Great Fire of London of 1666). The heat created from the ovens caused sparks to ignite the wooden home (The Great Fire of London of 1666) A long, hot summer had left London dry and a drought had depleted water reserves (London's Burning: The Great Fire). In 1666, London was England's economic powerhouse with an estimated population of 500,000. Its closest rival in size was Bristol with a population of only 30,000 (The Great Fire of London, 1666). Many of the streets were lined with homes made of wood and pitch, some four stories high (The Great Fire of London, 1666). The city's architecture had changed little from the middle ages. The streets were narrow, cobble stoned and doubled as London's sewers (The Great Fire of London, 1666). The Great Fire Lasted just under 5 days (Museum of London). 100,000 people were made homeless. 13,200 houses were burned. 84 churches burned, with St. Paul's being the most notable (London's Burning: The Great Fire). The best way to try and contain the fire was to set up fire breaks. This involved tearing down houses to starve the fire of the material it needed to burn (Museum of London). By the end of the year only 150 houses had been built. Only 51 churches and 9,000 houses were rebuilt in all. It took nearly 50 years to rebuild the burnt part of London (Museum of London). The rats that harbored the plague infected fleas that had devastated the city the previous year were consumed by the flames.The plague is said to not have returned after the fire (The Great Fire of London, 1666). New regulation were put into place to prevent such a disaster from happening again. Houses had to be faced in brick, streets were made wider, and firemen got the training they needed in order to better fight a fire (Museum of London). www.london-fire.gov.uk www.loyaltybindsme.org www.museumoflondon.org.uk http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b6/Great_Fire_London.jpg/350px-Great_Fire_London.jpg http://hobbyings.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/The-Great-Fire-Of-London.jpg http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fb/The_Great_Fire_of_London,_with_Ludgate_and_Old_St._Paul%27s.JPG http://images.bridgemanart.com/cgi-bin/bridgemanImage.cgi/400wm.LAL.6118030.7055475/304937.jpg http://public.klp.rm.com/establishments/8603000/Classof2010/Media%20Files/Discussions/LISTMEDIA20121111160706%281784069246581933%29.jpg http://lowres-picturecabinet.com.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/173/main/147/841768.jpg http://nostradamusinfo.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/great-fire.jpg?w=652 http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_g1j4ZYHwMU/UEO-5eLmQrI/AAAAAAAABzA/NKqUJ2O-8Ko/s1600/Fire_painting2_700stpaulsonfire.jpg http://www.london-fire.gov.uk/Images/Great_fire_of_London.jpg http://www.luminarium.org/encyclopedia/firemap.jpg "The Great Fire of London of 1666." The Great Fire of London of 1666. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Apr. 2013 Robinson, Bruce. "London's Burning: The Great Fire." BBC, n.d. Web. 18 Apr. 2013 "Museum of London." The Great Fire of London1666. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Apr. 2013 "The Great Fire of London, 1666." The Great Fire of London, 1666. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Apr. 2013 "Fire of London." The National Archives. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Apr. 2013
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