The Great Fire of London 1666

Prompted by a question: “why should anyone confess to starting a fire that they hadn’t, and allow themselves to be hanged as a consequence?” renowned fire investigator and former London firefighter Dr Peter Mansi, conducted a cold-case review of the fire and its investigation at the time.

His work was the catalyst for a book, contributed to by members of the Worshipful Company of Firefighters, to commemorate the 350th Anniversary of the Great Fire of London of 1666.

Peter’s 21stcentury investigation highlights fundamental shortcomings in the original investigation and draws conclusions that are at variance with those of the original Parliamentary Report. The book tells why and how the fire started and progressed, and describes the impact the fire had within the City of London, on livery companies, churches and on society in general. In addition, there are chapters on earlier London fires, the growth of fire insurance, a description of a Great Fire walk and a short history of firefighting.

The paperback book is available at £16.66, including P&P to UK addresses.


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