Escaping to the East End… the Great Fire of London 350 years on

As various events roll out in London to mark 350 years since the Great Fire, I’ve dusted off from the vaults a couple of pieces from looking at the background to the blaze, with Plague sweeping London the year before, and how Dr Jonson scarpered to the safe green fields of Bethnal Green (I know, hard to believe today, but it was then a sylvan stretch of Middlesex…

The Plague & the Thames

Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London


About John Rennie

Writing about East London history. Sub at Daily Express. Teaching journalism at City University London. One presented a TV show called the Unsellables and the BT Walletwatcher blog. West Ham fan. Native of Basildon
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