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Primary school pupils recreate Great Fire of London

The Great Fire of London was recreated in a school playground by pupils on Monday.

Children at St Mary’s Catholic Primary in Cookham Road spent a day building Tudor-style houses before setting fire to them in the school yard, to demonstrate how quickly the 1666 fire would have spread.

Despite the fire consuming more than 13,000 homes, only six deaths were ever recorded, pupils at the school learned.

Ros Grainger, school secretary said: “It was a cold, bright day, but I’m not sure if it was at the time.

“The pupils were all singing the nursery rhyme, London’s Burning, as the houses burned.

“All of the infant department took part, they always seem to enjoy the activity, and it makes for a lot of discussion afterwards.”

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