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The Great Fire of London

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A plan of London... after that dreadful fire in 1666, by Thomas Bowles.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: PY2194
Description: The full title of this plan by Thomas Bowles is 'A plan of London as in Queen Elizabeth's day and the south prospect of London as it appeared when it lay in ruins after that dreadful fire in 1666'. His aim was to show the utter devastation the fire had wrought. In less than a week in September 1666, the Great Fire destroyed 13,200 houses, 87 churches and St Paul's Cathedral. The rebuilding of the City, under the direction of Sir Christopher Wren, took several decades to complete.
Creator: Thomas Bowles
Date: c. 1666
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
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