The Great Fire in Tooley Street from Nicholson's Wharf: 1861
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The Great Fire in Tooley Street from Nicholson's Wharf, after two days and two nights. A coloured lithograph of the great fire which occured on 22nd June, 1861, when five wharves and numerous riverside warehouses in Tooley Street, Southwark, caught fire. This became the greatest fire in London since 1666. The old warehouses were destroyed, it took a fortnight to extinguish the blaze, and the damage was valued at £2 million. The scale of the disaster stunned Londoners and led to the founding of a new Metropolitan Fire Brigade controlled by the Metropolitan Board of Works.
1861 AD - 1861 AD