Oxted  District History Society - Article
Oxted  District History Society

Alan Goldsmith, a City of London Guide, gave an illustrated lecture to the Oxted & District History Society on ‘The Great Fire of London –1666’.  He leads walking tours in the City and trains taxi drivers on places to visit in the City.

His ‘Great Fire’ walking tour begins at the Monument, the height of which is the distance to the baker’s shop in Pudding Lane, where the fire started.  At first, both Samuel Pepys and the Mayor thought that the fire was insignificant but it quickly spread between the timber-framed houses, eventually destroying St. Paul’s Cathedral, 87 churches, 13,200 houses and 52 Livery Halls but officially only 6 people died before the Great Fire was put out after 4 days.

51 of the churches and St. Paul’s Cathedral were replaced subsequently with designs by Christopher Wren and some involvement by other architects.  The street layout was maintained but great care was taken to build the replacement buildings further apart with much less use of wood in the structures.  The new St. Paul’s was not completed until the reign of Queen Anne, whose statue is in front of the building.


The Great Fire of London by Alan Goldsmith