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Exhibition on town’s great fire which destroyed hundreds of buildings

The Butter Cross building in the Market Place at Bungay in the 1940s. Finished in 1690, it was the first public building to be built following the Great Fire. Picture: Archant library.

The Butter Cross building in the Market Place at Bungay in the 1940s. Finished in 1690, it was the first public building to be built following the Great Fire. Picture: Archant library.

An exhibition looking at the most dramatic event in Bungay’s history, the Great Fire of 1688, opens at the Fisher Theatre on Monday.

It forms part of the annual Bungay Summer Festival, which opens the following week. Organised by Bungay Museum, it recalls the day when 400 buildings were destroyed or badly damaged and 200 people made homeless, and traces how it recovered to become an elegant and affluent Georgian town, dubbed Little London, in the 18th century.

The exhibition will include pictures, documents, drawings and other illustrations. There will be a preview on Sunday from 4pm to 6pm, and after that it will be open daily until July 19.

On July 17, as part of the festival programme, there will be a guided tour of Bungay investigating the devastating effect the fire had on the town centre, how it recovered, and the stylish rebuilding. It will be led by Bungay historian Chris Reeve.


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