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Samuel Pepys: Great Fire of London - part 1

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This video covers:  The first in a 5-part series, Samuel Pepys' personal experience of the initial outbreak of the fire

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It was about three o’clock on Sunday the second of September sixteen sixty six, when I was woken by our maid, Jane. She had been up late and told us about a fire in the City. So I immediately got out of bed, put on my dressing gown and went to her window, whereupon I saw the fire. Not being used to such fires I thought it was far enough away not to bother us, so I went back to bed. I woke again at seven in the morning and saw that the fire appeared to have died down and it seemed further away. I wasn’t particularly worried by it so I went about my work but when I learned that more than three hundred houses had burned down during the night I had another look through the window and saw that the fire was burning all along Fish Street next to London Bridge. That’s when I decided to walk to the Tower of London and climb up high to see the fire better.
17th Century
Great Fire of London
Great Fire of London
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Samuel Pepys
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