A view of London at the time of the Great Fire of 1666, from a
print by Visscher
The City of London has been shaped by two disasters, the
Great Fire of London of 1666 and the Blitz of World War II when German
bombing set the City ablaze.
The Great Fire started in
the early hours of Sunday
2 September in a baker's house near London Bridge and burned for four
days. It destroyed 436 acres, mostly within the City walls,
13,200 houses, 87 out of 109 churches, St Paulís Cathedral and many
other buildings. After the fire the great architect Sir
Christopher Wren rebuilt St Paul's and 50 of City churches, and most of
these magnificent buildings still grace the City today. This walk
tells the story of the fire.
The Blitz, named after the Blitzkrieg (lightening war)
was a chapter in World War II. Between 7 September 1940 and 11 May
May 1941 German planes bombed London every night, and often also during
the day. Nearly 25, 000 people died in the Blitz and over 51,0000
civilians died throughout the war in London. The bombing created
opportunities as well as problems, and uncovered many Roman ruins.
This walk tells the story.
We start at 2pm on Thursdays
and 11am on Sundays, meeting
at the City Information Centre in St Paul's Churchyard.
The walk is led by
Susan Gane when advertised here,
and a qualified City Guide at other times. It will last one and half to
two hours and end
at the monument; the cost is £7 per person,
£6 concessions, with accompanied children
under twelve free of charge.