Rebuilding plan by Christopher Wren
Wren submitted his plan to rebuild London on 11 September 1666, only six days after the fire was extinguished. The plan included long, wide streets, a canal for the Fleet River, a straight quayside, piazzas and squares. The buildings were in neat blocks. Like the other plans, Wren's design was never built but certain elements of it were adopted. Two new streets, King Street and Queen Street, were created, which linked the Guildhall to the river. A uniform quayside was planned (though never fully completed) to ease access to the Thames. The Fleet River canal was built between 1671 and 1674, which cleared away the filthy buildings and stinking banks alongside.
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