The End of the Great Fire of London

We’ve been so busy learning about the Great Fire of London in Year 2 that we haven’t blogged for ages! The next couple of posts will bring you up to date with what we’ve been doing…

We have learned lots of amazing facts about Samuel Pepys and the fire. How many did you know before you read our blog?
More than 13,000 houses were destroyed by the fire.
The summer of 1666 had been hot and dry. This meant that the wooden houses were dry too; not a good combination when a fire starts.
As well as the houses being mostly made of wood, people were storing gunpowder in their homes after the civil war.
The fire was so hot that it melted the lead roof of St Paul’s Cathedral. When the lead roof collapsed the cathedral was engulfed in fire and destroyed, along with 86 other churches.
The fire started in the early hours of Sunday 2nd September and continued burning until Wednesday 5th September.
The fire started when Thomas Farynor, the King’s baker left his oven burning when he went to bed.
Today a monument to the Great Fire stands just outside Monument tube station.
Fire fighting changed forever after the fire – water buckets, water squirters and fire hooks to pull houses down had not been sufficient to fight the flames.
Very few deaths were reported – official figures range from 5 to 8.
One of the children’s favourite facts relates to Samuel Pepys himself. Did you know that he buried wine, cheese and his famous diaries in his garden to keep them safe?

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