A-Z: General definitions: Great Fire of London


In September 1666 a Baker’s shop on Pudding Lane in London caught fire. The fire spread rapidly through the city as most buildings were made of wood. The fire raged for four days and when it was finally exhausted one sixth of Londoners were left homeless. Against a background of religious tensions, over the next 150 years blame for the fire was attributed to England’s Catholic minority.

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