In 1666, lots of people had houses made from wood and straw which burned easily. The Great Fire of London happened between 2-5 September in 1666. Rebuilding took many years. Buildings were made of timber – covered in a flammable substance called pitch, roofed with thatch – and tightly packed together with little regard for planning. The audio programmes in this series explore The Great Fire of London and its aftermath through Music, Dance and Drama activities - making it a comprehensive Expressive Arts pack on the theme. View. 5 - 11. Most of the medieval City of London was swept away by the Great Fire. The Great Fire of London is a hauntingly beautiful visual re-telling of one of the most well-known disasters in the city's history. People's lives. 9 - 11. 2:00 a.m. – the time Pepys was woken by his wife, reporting new cries of “Fire!”. View. Houses were also built very close together. Teaching Ideas for a Roman themed Day! The Great Fire of London was an inferno of such all-consuming proportions that it left 85 per cent of the capital’s population homeless. The Great Fire of London broke out September 2nd 1666 and changed the capital's skyline. Society and politics. Compare Anne Frank’s life with your own with this great teaching activity template. Help your children to remember key information about the Great Fire of London with our printable word mat! Striking on 2 September 1666, it raged for nearly five days, during which time its destructive path exposed London’s makeshift medieval vulnerability. About 350,000 people lived in London just before the Great Fire, it was one of the largest cities in Europe. How the Great Fire started, spread and was fought. 5 - 11. A Day in the Life of Anne Frank. Here we recount some key details from the second day of the Great Fire of London. Pepys, his wife and a young friend, Will Hewer, made their escape by boat to Woolwich. To commemorate the 350th anniversary of the fire, powerful and sumptuous drawings from the new east London illustrator, James Weston Lewis, bring the events of November 1666 to life in this stunning gift book. The fire began in a bakery in Pudding Lane. Before the fire began, there had been a drought in London that lasted for 10 months, so the city was very dry. Try out some of our teaching ideas as part of a themed day about Ancient Rome. £2,350 – the value of gold, his life savings, that Pepys took with him (having already moved most of their possessions to safety).. 6:00 a.m. – the time the king evacuated Whitehall, leaving for Hampton Court. London in 1666. Above: Map showing the extent of the fire at the close of Monday (arrow points to Pudding Lane, where the fire started). How did Londoners experience the fire and how did their lives change as a result? Back in the 1660s, people were not as aware of the dangers of fire as they are today. The social background to the fire and its repercussions across the country and the world. Streets and buildings. View.