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Originally appearing in Volume V10, Page 401 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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I212. „ greater part of the city burned. 1666. " The Great Fire,” September 2-6. It began in a wooden house in Pudding Lane, and burned for three days, consuming the buildings on 436 acres, 400 streets, lanes, &c., 13,200 houses, with St Paul's church, 86 parish churches, 6 chapels, the guild-hall, the royal ex-change, the custom-house, many hospitals and libraries, 52 companies' halls, and a vast number of other stately edifices, together with three of the city gates, four stone bridges, and the prisons of Newgate, the Fleet, and the Poultry and Wood Street Compeers. The fire swept from the Tower to Tgmple church, and from the N.E. gate to Holborn bridge.,, Six persons were killed. The total loss of property was estimated at the time to be £10,730,500. 1794. London, 63o houses destroyed at Wapping. Loss above £r,000,000. 1834. „ Houses of Parliament burned. 1861. „ Tooley Street wharves, &c., burned. Loss estimated at £2,000,000. 1873. „ Alexandra palace destroyed. 1137. York, totally destroyed. 1184. Glastonbury, town and abbey burned.
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