Eighteenth century engraving of Valentine Knight's scheme for re
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Captain Valentine Knight designed this new city plan suggesting how London could be rebuilt after the Great Fire of London in 1666. He proposed two main streets running east to west, and eight running north to south. Between these he added narrow blocks of houses, connected to the main streets by smaller lanes. He also introduced a canal in a loop from Billingsgate to the River Fleet. He said the King could raise money by charging people fees for using the canal and through fines. This would finance the rebuilding. King Charles II was most offended by the suggestion that he would want to 'draw a benefit to himself, from so public a Calamity of his people' and had Knight arrested. This was one of several rebuilding schemes which were never realised due to constraints on time and money.
1700 AD - 1799 AD