Great Fire of London

Have you heard the song “London’s Burning”? This is based a on a real fire that happened a long time ago in London.

On Sunday the 2nd September, 1666, a fire started in Thomas Farriner’s bakery on Pudding Lane in London. The fire spread quickly to the surrounding houses because they were so close together. The fire burned for 3 days and was put out on the 5th September 1666.

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London's Burning

This artefact displays a large flame and button. Tapping the button will open an interactive scene with a number of Tudor-style houses as might have been found in London around the time of the fire. You can drag the houses around, and double-tapping them will set them on fire. If the houses are close together, they will set each other on fire. This is useful for demonstrating fire-breaks.