Great fire 1666
Houses made of wood not bricks,
Caught alight so easily.
It was in a bakery
That the fire released its power,
(Pudding Lane, quite near the Tower).
King Charles did not keep his distance,
He advised and gave assistance.
By the firemen he directed,
He became so well respected.
In September for four days,
London's skyline was ablaze.
Then some houses were destroyed
To create a gap, a void
That the great fire could not cross.
London counted up its loss.
Many buildings disappeared,
And, though most of London feared,
Many people would be fried,
Just a handful of them died.
Filthy alleys, habitats,
Of the flies and flees and rats,
Also were destroyed, which meant,
That the killer plague then went.
|Great Fire Of London
(13,200 houses, St Pauls cathedral, 89 parish churches, the Royal Exchange, Customs House etc.)