Question: Where did the Great Fire Of London start?
Answer: In a baker’s shop on Pudding Lane in the early hours of September 2nd, 1666. Since most of the houses in London were made of wood, and those houses were close together, it did not take long for the fire to take hold. By the time it was brought under control, at least sixteen people had died, and much of the city had been destroyed, including 13,000 houses, 52 Guild halls, and 89 churches. The famous St. Paul’s Cathedral was on the religious edifice casualty list, and construction of Sir Christopher Wren’s new version wasn’t officially completed until 1711. (It takes a while to put up a cathedral.)
If your kids would like to try an interactive game based on the Great Fire Of London, visit: http://www.fireoflondon.org.uk/
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