The Great Fire

The summer of 1666 had been hot and hard. All it took was an unguarded flame and the wooden and thatched London that Shakespeare knew, largely disappeared in the wind-fuelled flames of 3rd September. For the re-build architects planned broad boulevards, but Londoners swarmed back to their smouldering plots of land – it would be business as usual thank you! Today's City looks like many other financial districts – granite and smoked glass – but the street grid remains Medieval. Run from the flames down the Stews, Flying Horse Yard and Threadneedle Street.

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