The century before the Great Fire of 1666 was one of the most turbulent in London’s history
London became a divided city – home to pleasure seekers and Puritans alike. The rapidly growing city experienced death and disaster: from the execution of King Charles I in 1649, to a merciless plague in 1665 and the Great Fire of 1666. The Fire section of this gallery will be closed until May 2017 while objects are on display in the Fire! Fire! exhibition.