Stapleford Granary

Event description

The story of the Great Fire of London with Adrian Tinniswood

350 year commemoration | 19.30 | £8 

“A vivid, masterly study… enough to chill – or perhaps one should say heat up - the blood ” 
Antonia Fraser 

There had, of course, been other fires, four hundred and fifty years before, the city had almost burned to the ground. Yet the signs from the heavens in 1666 were ominous: comets, pyramids of flame, monsters born in city slums. Then, in the early hours on 2 September, a small fire broke out on the ground floor of a baker's house in Pudding Lane. In five days that small fire would devastate the third largest city in the Western world.

Adrian Tinniswood’s magnificent new talk based on his book By Permission of Heaven, explores the history of a cataclysm and its consequences, from the first small blaze to the rebirth of the city. 


Artist/speaker: Adrian Tinniswood

Further info

Adrian Tinniswood is a native of Derby in the UK. Born in 1954, his career has combined work with heritage institutions such as the National Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund with lecturing for English and American universities, including Bristol, Oxford, Nebraska-Lincoln and UC Berkeley.

He is the author of twelve books on architectural and social history and is well-known as an author, lecturer and broadcaster in Britain and America.

In June 2013 Adrian was awarded an OBE for services to heritage.