Wenceslaus Hollar. London before the Great Fire, 1666-77, detail. Metropolitan Museum, New York. Attribution: CC0 1.0 Public domain.

study visits

After the Fire – City of London Talk and Walk with Jill Finch

  • Wednesday 5 June 2024
    (11am for 11.15am start)
  • St Lawrence Jewry, Guildhall Yard, London EC2V 5AA

Talk (30 minutes)

The City of London before 1666 was a teeming, overcrowded Square Mile with more than 100 parish churches. Those parishes sometimes covering little more than a few streets. Those streets full of tall wooden buildings. After the long hot summer of 1666 those buildings were dry, the City was a tinderbox just waiting for a match to be struck …..

Coffee + a little time to look round St Lawrence Jewry

Walk (approximately 90 minutes)

87 parish churches in the old walled City were destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666. Christopher Wren, a driving force in the City’s rebirth, was chosen to oversee the rebuilding of 51 of them. Our walk, starting and finishing at St Lawrence Jewry, will look at the history and tell the stories of some of them.


 Vox receivers will be used throughout

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