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Samuel Pepys Reports

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This video covers:  Samuel Peyps report of where and how the great fire started.

From the Tower of London, I could see that a great fire was raging at both ends of London Bridge. This upset me greatly, so I went to see the Lieutenant of the Tower who informed me the fire had begun that morning at the King’s bakery in Pudding Lane and that it had burned down Saint Magnes Church and most of Fish Street already. On hearing this I went down to the river and hired a boat that took me along the river and under the bridge where I saw the fire, which was quickly spreading in all directions and in no time it had spread as far as the Stillyard. People were saving their belongings by throwing them into the river Thames or into boats from their houses. The poorer folks stayed as long as they could in their houses and then ran to the river as the fire reached them and I saw pigeons, hovering above the fire, burst into flames and fall to the ground.
Eras: 
17th Century
Topics: 
Great Fire of London
Key people
Character: 
Samuel Pepys
Key words: 
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