5621230. But Charles II was not keen. So much about commerce and opportunity.". This is the proposal from army captain Valentine Knight - with long east/west streets and occasional north/south cross-sections. Before the slum clearances of the late 19th century there would have been a series of similar pre-Great Fire buildings lining the Strand. Great Fire of London, (September 2–5, 1666), the worst fire in London’s history. The oldest house in the City, built between 1597 - 1614. Scroll down to see what London could have looked like - and how other places have been transformed after tragedy. 25% – the proportion of London’s citizens who never returned after the fire, according to a census taken seven years later, in 1673. At least 65,000 people had been made homeless by the fire. 2 September 1666, 8am Fishmongers’ Hall, next to London Bridge, became the first livery company hall to burn. The map below shows a modern City of London, with the highlighted section showing the extent of the Great Fire. Although a church has stood on this site since 675, the current exterior of All Hallows-by-the-Tower dates back to 1658 when it was rebuilt following a nearby explosion. This historic townhouse was shielded from the fire by the priory walls of nearby St Bartholomew's. The tragedy left King Joseph - and his Secretary of State, the Marquis of Pombal - with the opportunity of a clean slate, or in Latin "tabula rasa". Modern architects have since used disasters as a chance to rebuild in a new way. Wren - best known for his reincarnation of St Paul's Cathedral after the fire - also had a wider vision for London. Due to its historic value it was subsequently restored, and is now a listed building and home to the Institute of Actuaries. var locations=[['The Old White Shades
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