Anti-Catholic inscription where the Great Fire started: 1681

Anti-Catholic inscription where the Great Fire started: 1681
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actual image size: 32cm x 22cm

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This inscription was set up in 1681 on the site of the Pudding Lane bakery where the Great Fire started. It blames the fire on 'barbarous Papists' and Robert Hubert, the disturbed Frenchman who confessed to starting the fire. Hubert was hung for the crime in October 1666, though it was later revealed that he had only arrived in London after the fire started. In January 1667, the King's Council declared the fire was an accident. However, conspiracy theories of a Catholic plot persisted for years. The slab was taken down after the accession of the Catholic king, James II, but reinstated in 1689 after the Protestant William III and Mary II took the throne. It was finally removed in 1830.

Image Details

Date
 
1681 AD - 1681 AD
Image Number
 
005987

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