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Seven Kings youngsters reignite Great Fire of London in school playground

PUBLISHED: 11:05 26 June 2013 | UPDATED: 11:05 26 June 2013

The model of London ablaze

The model of London ablaze

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The Great Fire of London may have been extinguished in 1666 but it was reignited on Friday at a Seven Kings school.

Only two buildings survive the blazeOnly two buildings survive the blaze

The blaze at Farnham Green Primary School, in Royal Close, razed the medieval city to the ground, sparing only two timber-framed houses.

Fortunately no one was inside the miniature houses at the time of the fire and schoolchildren were kept at a safe distance while Ilford firefighters doused the flames.

The Great Fire was recreated by year two children at the school for a history project.

Art specialist Terry Quirk painstakingly built the model city, complete with rooves, chimneys and windows before it got burned to ashes.

Teacher Lynn Beverley said: “It was good to see how the fire spread because we talked about the wind and the change in building materials.

“The children thought it was fantastic - they were very excited.”

The Great Fire raged for four days in September 1666, destroying 13,200 houses, 87 churches, St. Paul’s Cathedral and most of the City of London.


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