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350 years anniversary of the Great Fire of London

September 2016
Sheila Pantry OBE

The memorial to the Great Fire of London in 1666 has just reopened (September 2016) after the completion of an 18-month refurbishment which cost around GB pound 4.5 million.

The structure – said to be the tallest unsupported column in the world – has had its stonework cleaned and is now equipped with a new viewing platform balustrade and cage, new ‘talking’ telescopes, and a spectacular re-gilded ‘flaming’ orb representing the fire itself. The height of the structure – at 202 feet (around 62 metres), represents the distance between it and Pudding Lane, where the Great Fire is believed to have started. The Monument stands at the junction of Monument Street and Fish Street Hill in the City of London. It was built between 1671 and 1677 to commemorate the Great Fire of London and to celebrate the rebuilding of the City.

The fire began in a baker’s house in Pudding Lane on Sunday 2nd September 1666 and finally extinguished on Wednesday 5th September, after destroying the greater part of the City. Although there was little loss of life, the fire brought all activity to a halt, having consumed or severely damaged thousands of houses, hundreds of streets, the City’s gates, public buildings, churches and St. Paul’s Cathedral. The only buildings to survive in part were those built of stone, like St. Paul’s and the Guildhall.

As part of the rebuilding, it was decided to erect a permanent memorial of the Great Fire near the place where it began. Sir Christopher Wren, Surveyor General to King Charles II and the architect of St. Paul’s Cathedral, and his friend and colleague, Dr Robert Hooke, provided a design for a colossal Doric column in the antique tradition. They drew up plans for a column containing a cantilevered stone staircase of 311 steps leading to a viewing platform. This was surmounted by a drum and a copper urn from which flames emerged, symbolizing the Great Fire. The Monument, as it came to be called, is 61 metres high (202 feet) – the exact distance between it and the site in Pudding Lane where the fire began. For details visit www.themonument.info/visitor-information.html

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