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Great Fire of London
The Saint Paul's Cathedral that we know was built to replace the one burnt down in the Great Fire of London in 1666.

Great Fire of London

This quiz addresses the requirements of the National Curriculum KS1 History for children aged 5, 6 and 7 in years 1 and 2. Specifically this quiz is aimed at the section dealing with studying events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally.

Studying nationally or globally significant events in our history is an important part of the KS1 curriculum. This is often done as part of broader topic work and may involve exploring several different historical sources to build a clear picture of life at the time. The Great Fire of London is one such nationally, if not globally, significant event.

How was the Great Fire remembered?
King Charles II threw a party for everyone
A special set of stamps was designed by the baker
Sir Christopher Wren designed a monument
The fire brigade designed a poster
The monument is in Central London and can still be seen today
How many houses were destroyed by the fire?
Around 300
More than 100,000
Less than 1000
Over 13,000
More than 70,000 people were made homeless by the fire and had to camp in tents until their homes were rebuilt
Which of the following things did not cause the fire to spread quickly?
The houses were built very close together
Houses in those days were mainly made from wood
There had been a drought in London for 10 months before the fire
Driving rain made the houses very damp
Lots of different factors meant the fire was very fierce and spread quickly
Which famous landmark burnt down in the fire?
St. Peter's Tower
St. John's Bridge
St. Ben's Statue
St. Paul's Cathedral
Sir Christopher Wren was a famous architect who designed St. Paul’s Cathedral
In what year did the Great Fire of London happen?
Some people find it helpful to remember this date as a chimney with three curls of smoke: 1666
How long did the fire last?
4 days
4 hours
4 weeks
4 months
The fire started on the 2nd of September and was finally extinguished on the 6th!
Who famously wrote about the fire in his diaries?
Benjamin Pipys
Jasper Payps
Nathaniel Poyps
Samuel Pepys
Samuel Pepys was worried that the fire was becoming too large, and asked King Charles II for help
Which of the following did not happen when the streets were rebuilt?
The streets were widened
Most of the houses were built of bricks
The sewers were improved
The houses were rebuilt exactly as they had been before
A law was passed prohibiting houses made entirely from wood to be built in the city
How did people try to put the fire out?
By phoning the fire brigade
By forming a long line and passing water from the river in leather buckets
By writing a letter to the king
By blowing on it very hard
There were no fire hoses in the 1660s – they would have carried water in leather buckets, squirted water through a big syringe (like a squirt gun), and pulled down burning buildings with long metal hooks
Where did the fire start?
In a shoemaker's on Heel Street
In a hat shop on Headingly Road
In a baker's shop in Pudding Lane
In a butcher's on Meaty Avenue
Sparks from the fire set fire to the shop and the fire quickly spread
You can find more about this topic by visiting BBC Bitesize - The Great Fire of London

Author:  Angela Smith

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