The Monument (to the Great Fire of London)

On September 2nd, 1666, over three-quarters of London was burned to the ground in what has become known as the Great Fire of London. The blaze started in the King’s baker’s house in Pudding Lane, not far from the northern end of London Bridge.

Just 11 years later, in 1677, construction of a monument commemorating the Great Fire was completed.

The Monument at dawn

In fact, when I say ‘a monument’, I should say ‘the Monument’, since that is what it is called nowadays… simply ‘the Monument’.

The Monument is a fluted Doric column of Portland limestone, capped with a golden urn of gilded fire.

Inside, the column is hollow, and a spiral staircase of 311 steps allows visitors to climb to the viewing platform, just beneath the urn.

In total, the Monument is 202 feet high and is located in Fish Street Hill. This height and spot were precisely chosen, because if the column were tipped over towards Pudding Lane, the urn would land on the spot where the blaze began.

The Monument from the top of The Shard

But Sir Christopher Wren and Robert Hooke designed the Monument as more than a memorial to a major event in the history of the British capital. It also originally doubled as a scientific instrument and telescope, in part thanks to a hatch in the top of the urn and laboratory below its plinth.

More recently, the viewing platform of the Monument was where I met Ernest, and so marks the true start of my exciting adventures in London, captured in the thrilling Jaspa’s Journey 2: The Pride of London. Order your copy today and join in the excitement!

The Monument, fittingly with a fire engine

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This post was inspired by the photo themes of Steps from Ailsa of Where’s My Backpack? and Layered from Ben of The Daily Post.



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4 Responses to The Monument (to the Great Fire of London)

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  3. anne leueen says:

    Nice post. I have been to the Monument a few times in London but never knew these details. I love the idea that if it tipped over the urn would land in Pudding Lane where the blaze began.

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