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