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BBC News – The untold story of the Great Fire of London

Posted in Uncategorized by T.Salami on June 30, 2010
Re-enacted scene from Great Fire (Channel 4)

By Tom Geoghegan
BBC News Magazine

The Great Fire of London started accidentally in a bakery, right? That wasn’t the view at the time – many believed it was a terrorist attack and violent reprisals against possible suspects soon followed.

The date 1666 is one burned on to the collective memory of a nation.

Everyone learns at school that the fire raging for four days in that hot, dry summer began in a bakery in Pudding Lane.

But a new Channel 4 documentary focuses on the lesser known story of the fire – it sparked a violent backlash against London’s immigrant population, prompted by the widely-held belief at the time that it was an act of arson committed by a foreign power.


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