The Great Fire of London - Samuel Pepys's Diary Extract


This extract from Samuel Pepys's diary shows the language that he would have used in 1666 and is a powerful and emotive description of the devastation he could see as he moved around the city of London during the fire. A good opportunity to study the descriptive words he used for the fire and show the children an eye-witness account.

How To Use

Use this resource alongside the lesson plan 'The Great Fire of London - Recording (Diary Entry)' to inspire diary writing and give the children an exciting stimulus. They can imagine they were in the midst of the fire and use their own descriptive words and phrases to convey the size and ferocity of the fire.

Click on 'Resource 1' below to find an extract from the London Gazette which is also needed for the lesson.

Scroll further down the page to find the lesson plan.

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