Sir Francis Bacon(1561-1626)
On September 1, 1666, a Saturday night or early Sunday
morning, Thomas Farriner, a King’s baker, came home and
would swear blind, a few dayslater, that he had swept theoven to make sure that therewere no embers there. In thenext few hours, the basementof his house began to fill with smoke. He was then forced tocrawl across the roofs of his house into his neighbour
s, andso started one of the greatest turning points in London'shistory, the
Great Fire of London.
In a direct line of the fire was Bacon
1678 / 1684
’s chambers, says
historianPearce, were in No. 1 Coney Court,which formerly stood on the site of thepresent row of buildings at the west side
of Gray’s Inn Square adjoining the
gardens. The whole of Coney Court wasburnt down by a fire in 1678. Anotherfire further wounded the chambers whenMeautys (
Secretary) tookpossession of them in 1684.