Hogg (Alexander) Publisher.

£100

Sir Christopher Wren’s Plan for Rebuilding the City of London, after the Great Fire in 1666; Sir John Evelyn’s Plan for Rebuilding the City of London, after the Great Fire in the Year 1666,
, , 1784.
two of the most significant plans, amongst many, for the rebuilding of the City of London after the Great Fire of 1666, by two of the leading figures of the day, the prominent architect, Sir Christopher Wren, and the court favourite and founder of the Royal Society, Sir John Evelyn. They both seized upon the opportunity to bring a sense of order and discipline to the urban layout of the most important city in the world at that time. It was essentially a grid system, as widely used in the New World in the coming centuries. But where those later examples were designed on blank canvases, the pre-existing footprint of of the old city, which had evolved organically over millennia, could not be so easily erased. All such plans were rejected by Charles II, as the issues of land ownership were too complex, and the race against spontaneous ad hoc rebuilding on the ground proved futile..