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The Great Fire of London

The Great Fire of London

by Stephen Porter
     
 

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The Great Fire of London was the greatest catastrophe of its kind in Western Europe. Although detailed fire precautions and firefighting arrangements were in place, the fire raged for four days and destroyed 13,200 houses, 87 churches, and 44 of the City of London's great livery halls. The great fire of 1666 closely followed by the great plague of 1665; as the

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The Great Fire of London was the greatest catastrophe of its kind in Western Europe. Although detailed fire precautions and firefighting arrangements were in place, the fire raged for four days and destroyed 13,200 houses, 87 churches, and 44 of the City of London's great livery halls. The great fire of 1666 closely followed by the great plague of 1665; as the antiquary Anthony Wood wrote left London "much impoverished, discontented, afflicted, cast downe." In this comprehensive account, Stephen Porter examines the background to 1666, events leading up to and during the fire, the proposals to rebuild the city, and the progress of the five-year programme which followed. He places the fire firmly in context, revealing not only its destructive impact on London but also its implications for town planning, building styles, and fire precautions both in the capital and provincial towns.

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Examines the background to the 1666 fire that devastated London, the events during the four days that it raged, the scope of the damage, proposals to rebuild the city, and the progress of the reconstruction program. The catastrophe created a boom for the construction trades and allowed Christopher Wren and other contemporary architects to rebuild or alter many of the monumental buildings that still characterize London. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780752475707
Publisher:
The History Press
Publication date:
11/08/2011
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
File size:
585 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Stephen Porter is the author of Destruction in the English Civil Wars and The Great Plague.

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