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Changes To London After The Great Fire Of London In 1666

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Great Fire Of London Coursework

Part 3: In what ways had London changed by 1750 compared to 1650?

The years following the Great Fire Of London in 1666 were a period of great change. The fire had severly damaged the city's infrastructure. It had caused an estimated 1 Billion pounds (2005 equivilent) worth of damage to the city. London had changed by 1750 in many ways. The layout, the arcitecture, the business, society, firefighting and the law all changed in this time.

One the of biggest and most significant areas of change was the city's design and arcitecture. The city recovered swiftly, as the rebuilding of nearly all of the residential houses was completed within ten years. Immediately preceeding the fire, many different designs wre put forward, by many differnet architects and influencial figures such as John Evelyn. However, none of these designs were accepted due to them being too expensive, inpractical and unrealistic. Due to this, London was rebuilt in a very similar way to the maze like structure it had been. However, 100 streets were widened or straighted, houses were built of stone and many houses, when rebuilt were made an average of 30%

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