The Anonymous Widower

The Second Great Fire of London

Today is the seventieth anniversary of the night when the Luftwaffe made some of their heaviest raids of the Blitz and almost destroyed St. Pauls. The survival of the cathedral is immortalised in one of the greatest photographs ever taken.

St. Pauls in the Blitz

Today I went to B & Q at Peckham and stopped off at the monument to the Great Fire in 1666.

The Monument

There isn’t really a monument to the second fire, except perhaps for Wren’s magnificent cathedral, which replaced the medieval one after the Great Fire.

But there is a memorial to the firemen who died in the Second World War and whose heroic efforts probably saved the cathedral.

The Fire Brigade Memorial, St. Paul's

December 29, 2010 - Posted by | World | , , ,


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