The Great Fire of London started on 2nd September, 1666 in a bakery on Pudding Lane. The cause of the fire is believed to be an oven in the bakery which was not properly extinguished the evening before the fire broke out. As many buildings in those days were made of wood, the sparks created by the heat of the ovens set the bakery alight and the fire raged on for four days. The Great Fire of London destroyed one third of all buildings in London, making 130,000 people homeless and burning 86% of the city down to the ground.
Just last month, the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire was marked at The Monument London, a towering memorial to the events that took place in 1666. The Monument is one of the top attractions London and stands at 202ft in height; a constant reminder of the fire that devastated the capital. The anniversary has been marked through different events at The Monument throughout the summer. Some of the activities have included The Great Fire Trail, free talks, the launch of The Monument’s app, the Londonist Out Loud podcast and a ‘Design Your Monument’ competition, which is still running.
The ‘Design Your Monument’ competition allows children aged six to 14 to create their own design of a monument for the chance to win a framed copy of their design and a family ticket to visit some top attractions London, The Monument and Tower Bridge. Entrants are advised to think of an event in their life that they would like to be remembered and design their own monument for it. Applications are welcome until 12th November, so if you know a creative child who would be interested, you’re not too late! There is an application form on the Great Fire of London Monument’s website, along with all the competition’s terms and conditions.
The Great Fire of London may have happened 350 years ago, but it is still a key part of the history of our country. Along with visitors from around the world, many children are interested in visiting The Monument London and discovering more about it because it’s something they’ve been learning about at school. From seeing the very point where the fire started on Pudding Lane to climbing the 311 steps of The Monument to enjoy the views, it makes for a truly insightful visit for any pupil interested in the history of the Great Fire of London.
As the Great Fire of London is such a well-documented, historical event, The Monument is one of the top attractions London has to offer. The city is visited by millions of people from all around the world every year and there are hundreds of tourist destinations people are excited to visit – especially those that hold historical significance. The Monument London is in a central location, meaning tourists can easily take a climb up to the viewing platform as well as visiting other key attractions such as Tower Bridge, Shakespeare’s Globe, The Tate Modern and St Paul’s Cathedral. Combine this with a visit on the year of the Great Fire’s 350th anniversary and you’ll have a day out you’ll never forget.