<iframe title="How Did The Great Fire Of London Become So Devastating? | The Great Fire | Absolute History" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/K5d4EoN8rWg?feature=oembed" height="113" width="200" style="aspect-ratio: 1.76991 / 1; width: 100%; height: 100%;" allowfullscreen="" allow="fullscreen"></iframe> **Duration:** 2:14:8 **Language:** **Complexity:** **Topics:** # šŸ“’ Personal Notes --- date: 2024-03-20 --- # YouTube ![]() ## Description: -> [Youtube video Link](https://www.youtube.com/embed/K5d4EoN8rWg) ## Summary: The video delves into the history of the Great Fire of London in 1666, exploring its impact on the city, the reasons behind its rapid spread, and the personal stories of individuals affected by the disaster. It also highlights new findings about the exact location where the fire started. Key points: - In 1666, London was devastated by a catastrophic fire, destroying 87 churches and over 13,000 houses. - The fire caused massive financial damage, equivalent to what would now be 37 billion pounds. - The blaze began in a bakery on Pudding Lane due to a stray ember igniting a pile of twigs. - The fire spread quickly due to the city's architecture, including tightly packed, overhanging houses made of flammable materials. - Personal stories of Londoners, including a shoemaker, a bookseller, and a banker, reveal the human tragedy of the fire. - New research has pinpointed the exact location where the fire started. - The Great Fire's rapid spread was facilitated by the city's construction materials and methods, including wattle and daub walls. - Contemporary methods for testing flammability show that poorly maintained wattle and daub could catch fire easily. Topics and themes: - History - Disaster