On this day in 1666, Samuel Pepys wrote:
“(T)o the Tower Street, and there met the fire burning … . And … Sir W. Pen and I did dig [a pit], and put our wine in it, and I my parmazan cheese”.
And John Evelyn wrote:
“The burning still rages; now gotten as far as the Inner Temple, al Fleetestreete, old baily, Ludgate Hil, Warwick Lane, Newgate, Paules Chaine, Wattling-streete now flaming & … the stones of Paules flew lie Granados, the Lead melting down the streets in a stream, & the very pavements … glowing with a fiery rednesse, so as nor horse nor man was able to tread on them, … : the … Wind still more impetuously driving the flames forewards: nothing but the almighty power of God … able to stop them, for vaine was the help of man”.