The dithering of Sir Thomas Bloodworth results in The Great Fire of London

The dithering of Sir Thomas Bloodworth results in The Great Fire of London

The London of the 1660s was described as being a “wooden, northern, and inartificial congestion of Houses,” by the contemporary diarist John Evelyn. What Evelyn meant by this was that the city was unplanned and ad hoc as a result of its organic growth and unregulated urban sprawl. The combination of wooden buildings and congestion…

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