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 1666. In this year another most horrid flame engulfed the City of London.

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 give up hope. Only the intervention of Charles II, and especially James, Duke of York, brought the fire under control.

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


This tour follows the progress of the Great Fire, and how it gutted the City of London. It explains why a small fire in a baker’s oven spread so far and caused such destruction.

If you like this …

If you’re interested in what London was like before the Great Fire, please take a look at my pre-Fire tours HERE!

Details – A Most Horrid Flame

Please go to What’s On? to see whether this tour is currently on offer, and for booking details

REMEMBER that these details are NOT for the virtual version of this tour!

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)
Finish: St Paul’s Cathedral

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

Pictures sourced from Wikimedia Commons


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