Only 6 people were officially recorded as having lost their lives in the blaze. King Charles II spoke to the Lord Mayor of London, Thomas Bloodworth, and warned him of the danger of fire in the city due to the narrow streets and overhanging wooden houses. Astonishingly, however, it is thought that fewer than ten people died in the blaze! The fire had grown so large that it could be seen a quarter of a mile away. Pilgrimage of Grace. Molten lead from the Cathedral roof ran down the streets. King Charles II joined the lines of people passing buckets of water to pour on the flames. The ordinary course of this Paper having been interrupted by a sad and lamentable accident of Fire lately happened in the City of London: It hath been thought fit for satisfying the minds of so many of His Majesties good Subjects who must needs be concerned for the issue of so great an accident to give this short, but true Account of it. There are currently around 900 timelines on the site covering historical and popular culture topics. Some, modern historians believe the death toll to have been much higher either because the intensity of the blaze would have left no sign of any bodies. The order was made to try to get people to leave the area of the fire. The fire had spread due to windy conditions and now covered an area half a mile to the east and north of Pudding Lane. Last accessed November 29th, 2020. 3 am: Samuel Pepys is told about the fire. As they caught light some of the warehouses exploded. Residents of the area tried to douse the flames using buckets of water, milk or even urine but the fire was too dense and continued to spread. The roof of St Paul’s Cathedral caught fire. King Charles II put his brother James in charge of organising fire fighting in the city when it appeared that the Lord Mayor had left the city. Sunday September 2, 1666. His brother James had stationed himself near the River Fleet where he hoped the river would halt the fire but the easterly wind blew the flames across and the fire burned on forcing him to flee the post. ], and especially by applying Powder to blow up the Houses about it, before day most happily [?] Other warehouses caught light due to the intense heat. On the second instant at one of the clock in the Morning there happened to break out, a sad in deplorable fire, in Pudding Lane, neer New Fishstreet, which falling out at that hour of the night, and in a quarter of the town so close built with wooden pitched houses, spread it self so far before day, and with such distraction to the inhabitants and Neighbours, that care was not taken for the timely preventing the further diffusion of it, by pulling down houses, as ought to have been; so that this lamentable Fire in a short time became too big to be mastered by any Engines or working neer it. Kings of Greece 1832 – 1973; Julius Caesar 100 BCE – 44 BCE This timeline is a chronology of the outbreak of plague known as the Great Plague that affected London in 1665 See also: The Great Fire of London 1666 Outbreaks of the plague 1663 (during) It was fortunate that it was September and all around Britain the harvest was being brought in. The fire had started in a baker’s shop in Pudding Lane on September 2. A-Z of all timelines listed on Totally Timelines. The people in all parts about it distracted by the vastness of it, and their particular care to carry away their Goods, many attempts were made to prevent the spreading of it by pulling down Houses, and making great intervals, but all in vain, the Fire seizing upon the Timber and Rubbish and so continuing it self, even through those spaces, and raging in a bright flame all Monday and Tuesday, notwithstanding His Majesties own, and His Royal Highness's indefatigable and personal pains to apply all possible remedies to prevent it, calling upon and helping the people with their Guards; and a great number of Nobility and Gentry unweariedly assisting therein, for which they were required with a thousand blessings from the poor distressed people. Divers Strangers, Dutch and French were, during the fire, apprehended, upon suspition that they contributed mischievously to it, who are all imprisoned and Informations prepared to make a severe inquisition here upon my Lord Chief Justice [Keeling? Home » All Events » 17th Century Events » The Great Fire of London 1666. It threatened but did not reach the aristocratic district of Westminster, Charles II's Palace of Whitehall, or most of the suburban slums. Around the park area the price of bread had doubled in price from the previous week. 19m video. A number of houses were pulled down near the Tower of London using fire hooks and gunpowder. The fires in the west of the city had been put out. 15m video. 1 am: The fire starts at Thomas Farriners bakery on Pudding Lane; a maid there is one of the first victims. it.Â. The Norman Conquest 1066 – 1068. A small portion of any purchases from these sites goes directly toward funding and supporting Totally Timelines. A large firebreak had been created by James to the north of the fire which had held the flames back but suddenly the flames leapt across the break. The booksellers took their books and put them in the crypts underneath St Paul’s Cathedral. 20th Century. The Great Fire of London 1666. 22m video. The baker and his family escaped through an upstairs window. What changes were made as a result of the Great Fire of London. Bankers hurriedly removed coins from the area. St Paul’s Cathedral had been completely destroyed by the fire. The streets were full of people, some pushing carts laden with their belongings, trying to escape the fire. An easterly wind prevented the fire from spreading to far to the east and the river Thames had largely halted the fire in the South. How do we know about the Great Fire of London? People began looking for the person who started the fire. There is a PDF and an editable version of this Great Fire of London timeline lesson plan and worksheet. Established in 2013 by Heather Y Wheeler, Totally Timelines aims to offer detailed timelines on a wide range of subjects including historical topics and popular culture. Dockers had been brought in from Deptford and attempted to put out the fire using buckets of water and fire squirts. The damage to London was immense. ], neer the lower end of Coleman-street, at the end of Basing-hall-street, by the Postern, at the upper end of Bishopsgate-street, and Leaden-hall-street, at the Standard in Cornhill, at the Church in Fan-church-street, neer [? By then it had destroyed 373 acres of the city of London, including over 13,000 houses and 84 churches as well as St Paul’s Cathedral and much of London Bridge. The Reformation 1517 – 1648. Explore this item in our Flash timeline . The Wars of the Roses Causes and Events 1265 – 1486. Find out more about the Great Fire of London. It raged for four days until it was finally extinguished, largely due to a change in wind direction. It is believed that Hubert was mentally ill and unaware of the severity of what he was saying. The fire gutted the medieval City of London inside the old Roman city wall. ]workers Hall in [Minting? The fire continued to spread and engulfed some of the halls of the livery companies, home of the trade guilds. Prisoners from Newgate prison were led south to escape the flames. Church bells near Pudding Lane began ringing to alert people that a fire had taken hold. sparks (as is supposed) upon a Pile of Wooden buildings; but his Royal Highness, who watched there that whole night in Person, by the great labours and diligente [used? Sep 1, 1666. Great Fire of London The Great Fire of London swept through the central parts of the English city from Sunday, 2 September to Thursday, 6 September 1666. Charles II ordered that military rations be used to feed the people. The wind finally dropped and the spread of the fire was halted. This article describing the events of the Great Fire of London was published in The London Gazette, Monday September 3 to Monday September 10 1666. By the favour of God the Wind flickned a little on Tuesday night & the Flames meeting with Brick-buildings at the Temple, by little and little it was observed to lose its force on that side, so that on Wednesday morning we began to hope well and his Royal Highness never dispairing or slackning his personal care, wrought so well that day, assisted in some parts by the Lords of the Councel before and behind it, that a stop was put to it at the Temple church, neer Holborn-bridge, Pie-corner, Aldersgate, [? It threatened but did not reach the City of Westminster (today's West End), Charles II's Palace of Whitehall, or most of the suburban slums. 16th Century. The fire reached Ludgate Hill, home to many booksellers as well as St Paul’s Cathedral. In History. It must be observed, that this fire happened in a part of the Town, where tho the Commodities were not very rich, yet there were so bulky that they could not well be removed; so that the Inhabitants of that part where it first began have sustained very great loss, but by the best enquiry we can make, the other parts of the Town, where the Commodities were of greater value, took the Alarum so early, that they saved most of their Goods of value, which possibly may have diminished the loss, tho some think, that if the whole industry of the Inhabitants had been applyed to the stopping of the fire, and not to the saving of their particular Goods, the success might have much better, not only to the publick, but to many of them in their own particulars. ], and so blowen forwards in all its way by strong Winds; makes us conclude the whole was an effect of an unhappy chance, or to speak better, the heavy hand of God upon us, for our Sins, shewing us the terrour of his Judgment in thus raising the fire, and immediately after his miraculous and never enough to be acknowledged Mercy in putting a stop to it when we were in last despair, and that [our?] The blaze fire and stop it from spreading Mayor was advised to destroy houses in the path of the family. 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