The myth of the Great Fire of London – houses in London before and after 1666 (Ticketed) FULL

Wednesday 06 July 2016
Talk begins at 6.30pm. Refreshments at 6pm.

The talk

The Great Fire of London in 1666 has been misrepresented by historians. The City of London did not arise phoenix-like from the ashes to become modern London. Only one fifth of the conurbation then standing was destroyed. We need to reset the balance of study by looking at buildings before and after the Fire, from documents, illustrations and archaeology.

The speaker

John Schofield was an archaeologist at the Museum of London between 1974 and 2008. He is now an independent scholar writing up his excavations in the City. He is Cathedral Archaeologist for St Paul’s Cathedral, and has written several books about medieval and Tudor London, including ‘The building of London from the Conquest to the Great Fire’ (3rd ed, 1999), ‘Medieval London houses’ (2nd ed, 2003) and ‘London 1100-1600: the archaeology of a capital city’ (2011).

Participant information

All talks start at 6.30pm, last for about 1–1½ hours, with tea, coffee & cake available between 6pm-6.30pm in Crawley Hall.


£12 per person, £10 for Museum Friends, £5 for Weald & Downland Museum volunteers


To book call 01243 811021 or download our booking form here.