A Most Horrid Flame

The Tour

In the year 1212 London endured a fire so terrible that it became known as the Great Fire of London. It became part of London’s story for many a year until in 1666 this dubious title was to be taken by another, more vicious disaster.

The London Gazette September 1666 - A Most Horrid Flame

The London Gazette September 1666

James Duke of York by John Riley - A Most Horrid Flame

James Duke of York

In his diary entry for Sunday 2 September 1666, Samuel Pepys recorded that the Great Fire of London appeared ‘in a most horrid, malicious, bloody flame’.

On the Monday, as the flames spread ever westwards, Londoners started to believe that it could not be put out. Only the intervention of Charles II, and especially James, Duke of York, ensured that the fire was brought under control.

When finally the fire was out, it left a City full of ashes and many lessons to learn.


This tour explores how the City of London was gutted by fire and considers why a small fire in a baker’s oven spotted in the early hours of a Sunday morning should spread so far and cause such destruction.


Details – A Most Horrid Flame

Please go to the SCHEDULE to see whether this tour is currently on offer, and for booking details.

MEET: In the porch of the Church of St Magnus Martyr, Lower Thames Street EC3R 6DN. (Monument is the nearest station: use the Fish Street Hill exit.)
Duration: Two hours (approximately).

If you have any questions about this walk, please contact me

Pictures sourced from Wikimedia Commons


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