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05 September 2016 - London commemorates 350th Great Fire anniversary

Publié par Marion Coste le 09/05/2016
Great Fire anniversary: wooden replica of 17th century London burnt to the ground
Agence France-Presse (The Guardian, 05/09/2016)


A massive wooden replica of 17th-century London has been torched on the River Thames to mark the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, which paved the way for the building of the modern city.
Onlookers crowded along the riverto watch as the 120-metre-long (394ft) wooden model was set alight.
Spectators looked on as the flames devoured the replica buildings floating on the water.

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Huge replica of the capital

Great Fire of London: Replica of the capital goes up in flames for spectacular Great Fire anniversary show
Mark Chandler (Evening Standard, 05/09/2016)
The 120-metre structure of 17th century London was set alight on the river Thames this evening at 8.30pm.
Called London 1666, the spectacular blaze had been captured on multiple cameras.
Those who were not able to make it down to the river, between Blackfriars and Waterloo Bridge, were able to watch it being live-streamed on YoutTube.

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Account of the Great Fire

How the Great Fire of London unfolded 350 years ago, hour by hour
Laurence Dodds (The Telegraph, 05/09/2016)
It is now 350 years since the Great Fire of London razed the city's medieval heart to the ground. But at such a distance it is easy to forget the human drama which played out as thousands of people lost their homes, their livelihoods, and in some cases their lives.
This is the story of a city on knife's edge, riven by religious and political tensions, made vulnerable to disaster by its own neglect and avarice. It is a story of official blunders which turned a minor, commonplace accident into an all-consuming conflagration. It's a story of chaos, mass hysteria, profiteering and racist violence – but it is also a story of some heroism and charity, from royal and commoner alike. It unfolds over 72 hours, beginning at midnight on September 2, 1666, and ending at the climax of the fire's worse day. Of course, in an era without reliable watches, all timings are approximate.
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In pictures

29 incredible photos of London commemorating the Great Fire
Guy Parsons (Time Out, 05/09/2016)
This weekend marked 350 years since the Great Fire of London gutted the heart of the city. And to commemorate the occasion (and celebrate the capital's triumphant return from the ashes) Artichoke arranged a series of spectacular events across the city in their Great Fire 350 / London's Burning programme. It was pretty damn hot.
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"05 September 2016 - London commemorates 350th Great Fire anniversary", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mai 2016. Consulté le 26/09/2020. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/key-story/archives-revue-de-presse-2016/05-september-2016-london-commemorates-350th-great-fire-anniversary