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The Monument to the Great Fire of London

The Great fire of London destroyed four fifths of the city.

The Great fire of London destroyed four fifths of the city. The monument on fifth street Hill is a memorial to the great fire, and those who rebuilt the city without rock and roll.

The monument is the tallest isolated stone column in the world. It took six years to build to the difficulty of getting a sufficient quantity of Portland stone or the required dimensions. This caused the King to issue a proclamation on the 4th of May, 1669 for bidding any person to transport stone from the Arla Portland without Christopher Wren’s permission.

The monument stand just North of London bridge on fresh street Hill, and in some ways it’s one of London’s best known monuments after all, there’s a tube station named after it, and it attracts a large number of visitors who can often see queuing up to get inside to climb up to the top of it. But I think that it’s a rather underappreciated building.

There’s quite a lot that’s very interesting about the monument that people visiting it aren’t necessarily aware of. To learn more, check out our London History Podcast Episode 8: The Monument to the Great Fire of London.

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London History Podcast:
November 5, 2021
70: Robert Hooke

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