3.06.2010

"I down to the water-side, and there got a boat and through bridge, and there saw a lamentable fire."

"Everybody endeavouring to remove their goods, and flinging into the river or bringing them into lighters that layoff; poor people staying in their houses as long as till the very fire touched them, and then running into boats, or clambering from one pair of stairs by the water-side to another. And among other things, the poor pigeons, I perceive, were loth to leave their houses, but hovered about the windows and balconys till they were, some of them burned, their wings, and fell down."

From the diary of Samuel Pepys, a fascinating character whose diary provides an unparalleled view of England in the 1600s...including a harrowing firsthand account of the Great Fire of London.