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The Great Fire of London

The Great Fire of London


London is the capital city of England and over the past 2,000 years it has survived fires, plagues and air raids to become one of the largest cities in the world.

On 2nd September 1666, there was a great fire in London. The population in London was high and all the houses, made of wood, were packed tightly into the streets of the city. Together, with the help of the wind, the city burnt easily and quickly. Even though the fire brigade had lots of water from the River Thames to help put the fire out, they could not control it. The Great Fire of London caused devastation and changed the city forever.

Look at the resources below to learn more about this important event in British history.