Part of a panorama of London, seen from the south bank of the Thames, which dates to the mid 1700s. It gives a sense of what London looked like once it was rebuilt after the Fire.

Rebuilding after the fire

People argued about how the City should be rebuilt. They wanted a cleaner, more beautiful city with wider streets and fire-proof houses. Different designs were considered but London was eventually rebuilt on its old street plan with many improvements.

Throughout 1667 people cleared rubble and surveyed the burnt area. They staked out the lines of new streets and decided new building regulations. By the end of the year, only 150 new houses had been built.

New houses were built in brick instead of wood.  Certain city streets, like Fleet Street, were widened and two new ones were created. Pavements were built for the first time. New sewers were added. One Londoner said ‘it is not only the finest, but the most healthy city in the world’.

The Museum of London Group is funded by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and the Corporation of LondonLondon Wall, LONDON EC2Y 5HN, United Kingdom. Copyright Museum of London. Disclaimer. This site is maintained by the Museum Systems Team.