This week London is remembering the Great Fire of 1666 which this year 2016 celebrates its 350th anniversary.
Most of us who have London ancestors living in the city during this period would have family affected by its devastation.
One of my ancestors was lucky enough to have not lost his home, but actually lent money to help rebuild the Plumbers Hall, he may even have made a lot of money from building work and restoration.
Sergeant Peter Brent (1634 – 1676) is my 10x great-grandfather, on the 10th May 1661 he was appointed Sergeant Plumber to King Charles II, and so chiefly worked within the Royal Household. He succeeded his brother-in-law Charles Atherton in this office.
Peter was born about 1634 in Beoley, Worcestershire, England and was the son of William Brent, gentleman of Beoley and his wife Mary Burton. He married Jane Atherton shortly before 1657 and the couple are known to have had only one child, a daughter named Margaret Brent born in Stepney, London in May 1657.
Peter Brent and his family resided in Limehouse, an area not affected by the fire.
The Great Fire of London was a major conflagration that swept through the central parts of the English city of London from Sunday, 2 September to Wednesday, 5 September 1666. The fire gutted the medieval City of London inside the old Roman city wall. It threatened but did not reach the aristocratic district ofWestminster, Charles II’s Palace of Whitehall, and most of the suburban slums. It consumed 13,200 houses, 87 parish churches, St Paul’s Cathedral, and most of the buildings of the City authorities. It is estimated to have destroyed the homes of 70,000 of the City’s 80,000 inhabitants. The death toll is unknown but traditionally thought to have been small, as only six verified deaths were recorded. This reasoning has recently been challenged on the grounds that the deaths of poor and middle-class people were not recorded, while the heat of the fire may have cremated many victims, leaving no recognisable remains. A melted piece of pottery on display at the Museum of London found by archaeologists in Pudding Lane, where the fire started, shows that the temperature reached 1250 °C.
Below is my descent from Peter Brent.
daughter of Peter ‘of Limehouse’ BRENT Sgt
son of Margaret BRENT
son of Peter BOWYER
daughter of Peter BOWER
son of Mary BOWER
son of Reuben PLASKETT
son of William PLASKETT
son of William Reubon PLASKETT
son of Edmund Lionel PLASKETT
daughter of Edmund Samuel PLASKETT
daughter of Joyce Margery PLASKETT
I am the son of Christine Angela Deborah BEAN