Rebuilding plan by John Evelyn
Evelyn showed his plan to the king on 13 September. He wrote in his diary that it would make London 'the most noble city that can be'. Evelyn aimed to replace the crowded and narrow streets of the City with wide, elegant vistas, squares and a neat grid-like system. Like all the other plans submitted, Evelyn's layout was never adopted. It would have been far too time-consuming and expensive to build. Evelyn's book 'Fumifugium' (1661) deplored the conditions in the old City: 'a congestion of misshapen and extravagant houses; that the streets should be so narrow and incommodious in the very centre, and busiest places of Intercourse; that there should be so ill and uneasy a form of paving under foot'. After the fire many improvements were introduced - certain streets were widened, pavements were added for pedestrians and obstructions in the streets, such as market stalls and water conduits, were removed.
Accession number: LBWEB002