The Great Fire of London

Shortly after midnight on Sunday 2nd September a fire went rogue in Thomas Farriner’s bakery in Pudding Lane in the City of London. It spread to nearby houses, nearby lanes, then due to the strong winds, it continued west across the city, creating a most frightening fireball!

There was only one way to stop it, to create a firebreak by demolishing the houses in its path.  A major decision that took the Lord Mayor of London, Sir Thomas Bloodworth, until Sunday evening to take, by which time the fire took hold and spread further into city.

By Tuesday it had destroyed most of the city, including St Pauls Cathedral, and was moving towards Whitehall and the Kings residence. Fortunately, Westminster was saved when the wind changed.

Phew! It was a close one.

The result was overwhelming social and economic problems for London, but in the end, they rebuilt London almost the same as it was before the fire.

When will we learn the lessons of history?

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