The Bakery of Thomas Farynor, while the citizen firefighting brigades deprimed the Flames.The Great Fire of Londonbegan on the night ofSeptember 2th, 1666, as asmall fire on Pudding Lane,in the bakeshop of ThomasFarynor, baker to KingCharles II. At one oclock inthe morning, a servant woketo find the house on fire.
The strong wind that blew thatnight sent sparks to the Churchof St. Margaret, that tookfire, and then spread to ThamesStreet, in which there wereriverside warehouses andwharves filled with food forthe flames: hemp, oil, tallow,hay, timber, coal and spiritsalong with other combustibles. St. Margaret Church, the tower which had long been in ruins was rebuilt in 1928-9.
The fire blazed unchecked for anotherthree days, until it halted near TempleChurch. Then, it suddenly sprang to lifeagain, continuing towards Westminster.
Although the loss of life wasminimal (some sources say onlysixteen perished), themagnitude of the property losswas staggering. Some 430acres, as much as 80% of thecity proper was destroyed,including 13,000 houses, 89churches, and 52 Guild Halls.