On 2 September 1666, a fire began in the bakery on Pudding Lane. The fire spread rapidly across the city of London, resulting in the destruction of 13,000 homes, 87 churches, the Royal Exchange and St Paul’s Cathedral.
Upon witnessing the scale of the destruction, the famous diarist Samuel Pepys lamented that it was the ‘most horrid [and] malicious, flame’ that he had seen.
How did seventeenth-century Londoners recover from disaster? This talk gives an insight into how devastation offered opportunity to re-imagine the urban landscape and the way people lived following the Great Fire of London.
Drawing on records in The National Archives, it details how the government responded to the crisis and how new initiatives and plans were put in place to raise London from the ashes.
Dr Philippa Hellawell is an Early Modern Record Specialist at The National Archives.She specialises in the history of late seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Britain and has wide-ranging interests in the history of science and medicine and the history of empire and slavery
The talk will last approximately 30-40 minutes, and will be followed by a 15 minute Q&A.
Free. This online talk will be presented on Microsoft Teams.
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