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Learn the stories of the historic Monument for things to do in London
Published: Sunday 30th of December 2012
The Monument to the Great Fire of London was designed by Sir Christopher Wren to commemorate the terrible disaster, and is iconic on the city’s landscape, meaning it is one of those London attractions that is difficult to miss.
And why would you want to? This impressive Doric column stands 202 feet high and 202 feet from the spot on Pudding Lane where the fire was infamously started.
The Monument was built between 1671 and 1677, and since then many incidents have taken place at the site, with one of the more amusing ones being recorded in the Daily Journal of September 16th 1732.
A report read: "Yesterday, about 5 o'clock in the evening, notwithstanding the wind was so high, a sailor flew from the top of the Monument to the Upper Three Tuns tavern in Gracechurch Street, which he did in less than half a minute; there was a numerous crowd of spectators to see him.
“He came down within 20 feet of the place where the rope was fixed, and then flung himself off; and offered, if the gentlemen would make him a handsome collection, he would go up and fly down again."
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Posted by Georgina Black
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