|Having returned to St Dunstan Church to re-shoot the short video last weekend,|
we thought we'd have a walk up to the top of the nearby London Monument.
The building designed by Sir Christopher Wren became a structural marking
point to commemorate The Great Fire of London in 1666.
And just close by is the actual infamous street where the Great Fire broke out
from a little Bakers shop in Pudding Lane.
The Fire started on the 2nd of September 1666 and continued devastating the City
right up to the 5th of September, destroying over 13,000 homes as well as 87 Churches
including the nearby St Dunstan in the East. And it's not surprising that the Fire
spread so quickly when you learn that most of the houses back then were constructed
of straw and timber. And the devastation left over 70,000 people homeless.
When the houses were rebuilt most of them were quite sensibly built with bricks.
But the visit to The Monument was interesting, although the walk up to the top, all 311 steps
was exhausting but worth it for the views of the London skyline. Also the spiral staircase
itself is quite narrow and as you make the climb up in such a small space, you have
to make way for the people coming down to leave the tall narrow building. But
the base of the structure is very impressive.
More can be found out about The Monument at.....
THE MONUMENT HISTORY WEBSITE
And from there you can watch the official video.
THE MONUMENT WAS CONSTRUCTED AND DESIGNED BY ROBERT HOOKE
IN CONSULTATION WITH SIR CHRISTOPHER WREN DURING 1671 - 1677.
Only 311 steps to climb to get to the viewing platform.
And it takes around 4 to 5 minutes to reach the top.
Above: The oddly shaped building 20 Fenchurch Street, or as it's often called
The Walkie Talkie Building.
The top floor viewing platform known as The Sky Garden is a must see place
with it's spectacular views of The City, day or night.
|Above: St Paul's Cathederal|
|Below: Tower Bridge and The River Thames|
|Below: Back down to Earth and once again we find ourselves|
down by Tower Bridge and The River Thames.