The Great Fire of Nantwich

The Great Fire of Nantwich raged through the town one December evening in 1583. It is unique because it resulted in a nationwide relief operation which has been unusually well recorded. In this book the author places the Great Fir in its social and economic context. He reconstructs the life of the sixteenth-century inhabitants of Nantwich and includes an account of the violent death of Roger Crockett, a local innkeeper. The story of the aftermath - the relief of Nantwich and the extensive rebuilding programme - is recounted. The author has drawn from a wide range of original documentary and architectural sources to produce a comprehensive work which should appeal to the native Chesireman and academic historian alike.

Jeremy Lake

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