"In the year of Christ 1666, on 2 September, at a distance eastward from this place of 202 ft, which is the height of this column, a fire broke out in the dead of night which, the wind blowing, devoured even distant buildings, and rushed devastating through every quarter with astonishing swiftness and noise...."
Great Fire - after that, only brick and stone buildings allowed within a certain radius
And the fire made it easy to prohibit building from any material other than stone or brick.
Despite their generally negative depiction in the Bible, Lord Mayors of the City of London carry images of Gog and Magog (depicted as giants) in a traditional procession in the Lord Mayor's Show. According to the tradition, the giants Gog and Magog are guardians of the City of London, and images of them have been carried in the Lord Mayor's Show since the days of King Henry V.
rerevisionist wrote:You met ewing! Maybe you should edit him ; -)
One World Trade Center Goes Red For Cardinal Dolan
i wrote about a lotta fire riggings in history plus my own thesis on all that at http://1649beginningofhumanz.tumblr.com
rerevisionist wrote: @Exorcist - it's hard to tell re St Paul's. BUT
 Bombing was at night, and London had a blackout - all windows had blackout curtains etc. Could black and white film have been sensitive enough to show detail?
 As far as I can recall, most blitz photos (e.g. of cheery milkman in the ruins) are in daylight.
 Why would the dome happen to be visible with smoke all round? It's like that 1957 British 'H bomb' film where the clouds have obviously been retouched around the sun. It's what you'd like the photo to show, but, in real life, objects don't often arrange themselves anthropocentrically.
Much easier to get a photo of the dome and smudge clouds around it! Easier and allows for a front page photo next morning.
The angle from which photos of the dome were taken is easy enough to work out ,from the position of the two front towers (one with a clock) and I suspect the linear arrangement of burnt-out facades, in the top photos, has been superimposed.
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