As the Great Fire of London in 1666 smoulders, Samuel Pepys remembers the homeless camped out on Moorfields. With Kris Marshall.
When the Great Fire of 1666 was finally extinguished, all that remained of the city of London were smouldering ruins. Samuel Pepys, the famous diarist, witnessed first hand the impact it had on the city and its people, and he would be haunted by what he had seen for the rest of his life. 13,000 homes, 88 churches, and many key buildings had been destroyed or damaged including markets, jails, the Guildhall and St Paul's Cathedral. Now aged 70, in poor health, and living with his servant Will Hewer in Clapham, Sam remembers the devastation, and how thousands of those made homeless by the fire were camped out on the fields of Islington and Moorfields.
By Hattie Naylor.
Theme music: Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May, words by Robert Herrick and music by William Lawes, sung by Bethany Hughes. Lute, baroque guitar and theorbo played by David Miller. Violin and viol by Annika Gray, and recorders by Alice Baxter.
Sound by Iain Hunter
A BBC/Cymru Wales Production, directed by Kate McAll.
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