Fire! Fire!

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HE dev­as­ta­tion of the Great Fire of 1666 is traced in an ex­hi­bi­tion, ‘Fire! Fire!’, at the Mu­seum of Lon­don (un­til April 17, 2017, 020–7001 9844; www.mu­se­u­moflon­don.org. uk). It’s 350 years ago this Septem­ber that Sa­muel Pepys sat in a Thame­side ale­house, tears welling in his eyes as he watched ‘an arch of flames above a mile long’ en­gulf the City.

The Great Fire changed Lon­don like no other event un­til the Blitz, de­stroy­ing St Paul’s Cathe­dral, the Guild­hall, 87 churches and more than 13,000 houses, how­ever, the af­ter­math was a much-needed up­dat­ing of build­ing reg­u­la­tions and the de­vel­op­ment of Christo­pher Wren’s ad­mired sky­line of church spires. JW

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Red alert: Great Fire of Lon­don, seen from Ludgate

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