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The Great Fire of London

Let's take a trip back to 1666 and learn all about the Great Fire of London!

In Year 2 you will learn all about the Great Fire of London. Here are some of the key questions that you will need to know the answers to: 

 

When did it happen?

 

Where did it start?

 

Why did the fire spread so quickly?

 

What changed in London after the Great Fire?

 

How do we know about the Great Fire of London? 

 

When did it happen?

The fire started on 2nd September 1666 and lasted just under 5 days.

 

Where did it start?

The fire began in Thomas Farynor's bakery on Pudding Lane.

 

Why did the fire spread so quickly?

The fire spread quickly for a few reasons:

O London was very dry after a long, hot summer.

O The streets were very narrow.

O Houses were made of wood and straw.

O There was a very strong wind that blew the fire from house to house.

O There were lots of warehouses near the bakery that were full of things like wood and rope which caught fire easily.

 

What changed in London after the Great Fire?

London was rebuilt, including St Paul's Cathedral which had been destroyed in the fire. However, changes were made.

O Streets were widened

O Brick was used more in building houses

A monument was also designed and created to remember this huge event. You can still visit this today! 

 

How do we know about the Great Fire of London?

Cameras were not around in 1666, so how do we know about the Great fire?

O Samuel Pepys' diary 

O Artist's paintings which showed us how people escaped by boat on the River Themes. 

 

Find out more interesting facts about the Great Fire of London in the links below! 

 

 

 

Samuel Pepys - Great Fire of London

Learn more about Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London with this BBC clip.

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