On Sept. 2, 1666, the Great Fire of London started in a bakery on Pudding Lane, near London Bridge. The fire raged for four days, partially fed and spread by unpredictable winds. This was the worst fire in London’s history, destroying more than 80 percent of the city. The destruction included government buildings, theaters, churches (including the old St. Paul's Cathedral), and approximately 13,000 houses. Surprisingly, fewer than 20 deaths were recorded.
Some historians say the Great Fire was bound to happen at some point. The city’s medieval wooden houses, some of which had walls covered in tar, were serious fire hazards. Houses were also constructed very close together (in order to save space) and firefighting wasn't as sophisticated as it is today.
The Great Fire of London was only stopped as winds died down and residents used firebreaks to stop the blaze in its tracks.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry church Noun
building used for spiritual worship and religious practices.
large settlement with a high population density.
to build or erect.
system or order of a nation, state, or other political unit.
having to do with the Middle Ages (500-1400) in Europe.
knowledgeable or complex.
dark, sticky petroleum product created from the decomposition of organic material such as wood.
unexpected or uncertain.