A mélange of fact and fiction!
Twas the month of September in the year 1666. Sebastian Felling stood on Hampstead Heath gazing at the flame-lit sky above the City of London as it burned.
A simple argument it was. A disagreement with breadmaker Thomas Farriner outside his bakery in Pudding Lane. But Sebastian Felling took it to heart and that night he dropped a firey oil-soaked rag through the bakehouse window intending to set ablaze no more than his adversary’s place of work.
Little did he know his act of vengeance would lead to the destruction of thirteen thousand homes and eighty-seven churches thereby destroying the ancient inner city.
At the time, it was suggested a spark from an oven was the cause. Thomas Farriner found it inconceivable that Sebastian Felling could have carried out such a dastardly deed over a petty quarrel. Days later, watchmaker Robert Hubert took the blame and was hung by the neck in October that year for a crime it was later discovered he did not commit.
According to the history books, what actually happened that fateful day remains a mystery and will do so forevermore.
But one person knew the truth. Sebastian Felling. And he took his guilty secret to the grave.
Thanks to Donna for hosting and to Katie S for the picture.
What an awful tragedy it was. Every fire is, whether on purpose or by accident, or even by lightning strike.
Today i was remembering an old advertizing jingle, a PSA of sorts from years gone by:
Many a forest
Used to stand
Where a lighted match
Got out of hand
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It certainly was but somehow only 6 people are said to have perished. That jingle is inspired
Hi Keith – it’s an interesting ‘tale of horror’ – I must get to see the Monument sometime …
It’s the Aussie fires that are just horrific to think about – poor people caught in the midst of it, as too the firefighters must be really ‘tolled’ …
History … cheers Hilary
They certainly are, it’s hard to imagine what it must be like. Thanks, Hilary.