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Journey back in time with Magic Grandad and explore what life was like in 1666 London.
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Journey back in time with Magic Grandad and explore what life was like in 1666 London. Discover how the Great Fire started, how quickly it spread and witness the devastation caused to the city using a wide variety of source material, including accounts from Pepy's diary and contemporary artwork.

Including captivating interactive Click and Explore tasks and nine exciting activities, this program allows children to work independently, at their own pace while they enjoy bringing this fascinating period of British history to life.

• Nine engaging activities
• Click and Explore section that allows pupils to investigate resources independently
• Focused tasks to reinforce and stimulate learning
• Pupil's scrapbook facility to store and print work
• Four themes
• Two modes of use

Gain an understanding of what life was like a long time ago, in 1666 and develop a sense of chronology.
Activity 1: Life in 1666
Activity 2: People in 1666

Understand how the Great Fire started and recognise why the fire spread so far, so quickly.
Activity 3: How did the fire start?
Activity 4: How did the fire spread?

Know what an eyewitness is and recognise that eyewitnesses can help us to understand what happened in the past, when there were no cameras or photographs.
Activity 5: Samuel Pepys
Activity 6: What have artists shown us?

Recognise the differences between fire-fighting methods in 1666 and today.
Activity 8: Fire-fighting now and in 1666

Become aware of the destruction the Great Fire caused and how the city was rebuilt to prevent a similar catastrophe happening again.
Activity 7: How have buildings changed?
Activity 9: London before and after the fire

The Great Fire of London began on the night of September 2, 1666, as a small fire on Pudding Lane, in the bakeshop of Thomas Farynor, baker to King Charles II. At one o'clock in the morning, a servant woke to find the house aflame, and the baker and his family escaped, but a fear-struck maid perished in the blaze.

At this time, most London houses were of wood and pitch construction, dangerously flammable, and it did not take long for the fire to expand. The fire leapt to the hay and feed piles on the yard of the Star Inn at Fish Street Hill, and spread to the Inn. The strong wind that blew that night sent sparks that next ignited the Church of St. Margaret, and then spread to Thames Street, with its riverside warehouses and wharves filled with food for the flames: hemp, oil, tallow, hay, timber, coal and spirits along with other combustibles. The citizen fire fighting brigades had little success in containing the fire with their buckets of water from the river. By eight o'clock in the morning, the fire had spread halfway across London Bridge. The only thing that stopped the fire from spreading to Southwark, on the other side of the river, was the gap that had been caused by the fire of 1633.

The standard procedure to stop a fire from spreading had always been to destroy the houses on the path of the flames, creating "fire-breaks", to deprive a fire from fuel. Lord Mayor Bludworth, however, was hesitant, worrying about the cost of rebuilding. By the time a Royal command came down, carried by Samuel Pepys, the fire was too out of control to stop. The Trained Bands of London were called in to demolish houses by gunpowder, but often the rubble was too much to be cleared before the fire was at hand, and only eased the fire's way onward. The fire blazed unchecked for another three days, until it halted near Temple Church. Then, it suddenly sprang to life again, continuing towards Westminster. The Duke of York (later King James II) had the presence of mind to order the Paper House demolished to create a fire break, and the fire finally died down.


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