The Great Fire of 1212

July 10th – On this day in 1212, there was a great fire in Southwark and on London Bridge that reportedly killed thousands of people.
The fire also damaged  Southwark Cathedral, necessitating a partial rebuild.  Some of the masonry  used in the rebuild was salvaged from the fire debris and shows signs of fire damage.
London Bridge and Southwark Cathedral are both visited on our Thursday afternoon walk “Historic Southwark – Shakespeare’s London and more”.

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