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Dr Johnson's House and the Two Great Fires of London: 1666 and 1940

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From Friday 1 July onwards
FREE after usual admission charge

The former home of Dr Johnson has a long and unique association with the fire services. Built in 1698 as part of local reconstruction after the Great Fire, it was saved from the Blitz some 240 years later thanks to the Auxiliary Fire Services who used the building as their meeting ground.

On the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, a special selection of archival material will be displayed in the very Garret that still bears scars from the Great Fire of 1940.

Bomb damage to the Garret

Bomb damage to the Garret (1940)

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