[Woodcut from ‘Shlohavot, or, The burning of London in the year 1666′
Museum of London Blog]
[Great Fire painting, 1670s, Showing the fire from either Newgate or Ludgate with St Paul’s Cathedral in the background.
© Museum of London]
Eastcheap, where my ancestor William Heath had lived and worked before he removed to Virginia at least 16 years earlier, was completely destroyed.
[A Plan of the City and Liberties of London, Shewing the Extent of the Dreadful Conflagration in the Year 1666; Taken from "A New History of London, Including Westminster and Southwark, to which is added, A General Survey of the Whole; Describing The Public Buildings, Late Improvements, &c. Illustrated WIth Copper-Plates." by John Noorthouck. London, 1773. Source: Mapco]
My friend Bonnie's paternal seventh great grandfather Thomas Ambridge (1642-1679) and his bride-to-be Euphemia Tew* (1646-1719) were living in Hampstead which overlooks the City of London and a place where crowds gathered to watch the fire.
[View of the City of London from Hampstead Heath, 2013, my photo]
*This surname was variously spelled as To, Too, Two, and Tow (and probably a few others that I've forgotten.)
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