The Monument in Fish Street Hill

Sir Christopher Wren

1671-77

London

This consists of a fluted column 202 feet in height, designed by Wren, and erected in 1671-77 in commemoration of the Great Fire of London which on September 2nd to the 7th 1666 destroyed 460 streets with 89 churches and 13,200 houses, valued at 7,335,000. The height of the column is said to equal its distance from the house in Pudding Lane in which the fire broke out. A winding staircase of 345 steps ascends the column to a platform enclosed by an iron cage (added to put a stop to suicides from the monument), above which rises a gilt urn with blazing flames 42 feet in height.[text accompanying photograph]

Image and text scanned by Nathalie Chevalier.