We had a very special visitor in year 1 today.
Samuel Pepys came to talk to us, and tell us all about life in 1666. We heard about the periwIg he wore, which was made from real hair (!) as well as the music that written and performed in 1666. This was written by composer, Henry Purcell.
We also learned about how the Great Fire of London started. We learned about Thomas Farriner’s Bakery, and how the fire spread from Pudding Lane across London. We also learned how Londoners of the day tried to put the fire out, using a waterchain. This was when buckets of water were passed along rows of people from the Thames to the fire.
We also learned how the fire was put out. There were two main factors to this, the strong winds died down so the fire was not being blown as quickly across the city and the authorities had started exploding houses strategically around the fire to stop the fire from spreading to others.
This afternoon was a really interesting start to our Great Fire of London topic and we’re really looking forward to exploring further.