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British English[edit]

I should hope this article IS written in British standard English - it is a British topic, after all. However, there are nevertheless some creeping Americanisms within it. For example, we don't use the word 'specialty' in the UK.

Capitalization of "City"[edit]

I noticed this throughout the article- is there a special reason for the word "City" always being capitalized? Is it part of London's official name? Nothing urgent- I'm just curious. --Wafulz 02:28, 28 November 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The "city of London" and "City of London" aren't the same thing. It's pretty crazy, but take a look at London, Greater London and especially City of London for the gory details. --Spangineerws (háblame) 02:43, 28 November 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you, Spangineer, for that clarification! It is really nice when people bother to explain some local naming detail that can make the reader really confused. I wonder if there is a good, non-intrusive way of working that fact into the text of the article itself? Maybe the introduction? All in all, an absolutely beautiful article, especially considering the grim story it has to tell. Big thanks to all who did this! --Ronja Addams-Moring 07:59, 1 December 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Sorry, I managed to miss the expression "the City proper—the area bounded by the City wall and the river Thames" - that makes it quite clear. --Ronja Addams-Moring 16:32, 1 December 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
It's not 'crazy', as you put it. It is a semantic and ultimately legal distinction. (talk) 10:32, 10 March 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Capping "City" still doesn't make a lot of sense in spite of this answer. "The city" would serve as well in most cases, and WP avoids unnecessary capitalization, per MOS:CAPS. Dicklyon (talk) 07:25, 7 December 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I tend to agree, but I'd like to discuss this before making the change. No idea why this discussion was abandoned 15 years ago, but this article has more problems right now. I'll put "unnecessary capitalization" on the list. Renerpho (talk) 16:32, 8 December 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I downcased to "the city wall"; in "the City proper", I suppose it means specifically "the City of London itself", so I can accept that. In many cases, where "City" if just short for "City of London" specifically, I'm OK with it, but we should look for and fix any more generic uses. Dicklyon (talk) 17:28, 8 December 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks, Dicklyon. The relevant section of the City of London article, Early modern period, is confusing in that regard, as it sometimes writes "City", sometimes "city"; and so does the rest of that article. For example, the lead says "The city is now only a tiny part of the metropolis of London [...]; however, the City of London is not a London borough", which leaves me scratching my head. Renerpho (talk) 17:43, 8 December 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Can you speak English? 'Capping' means putting a limit on something, usually measurables like expenditure. What you mean is 'Capitalizing'. (talk) 10:38, 10 March 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Panorama used in article[edit]

I've recently been reading about some of the pre-1666 panorama artworks of London, some mentioned at Panorama of London. The one used in this article is the Visscher panorama from around 1600. There is a later panorama, the Hollar panorama of 1647, which is at the image file: Long view of London From Bankside (no article yet, but it would be possible to have one). The Hollar panorama is described here in A Descriptive Catalogue of the Etched Work of Wenceslaus Hollar 1607-1677 (2002) by Richard Pennington. Following the description of the original state, Pennington goes on to describe some of the later states, including some versions that show details from after the fire. Pennington also quotes from another work (Printed maps of London circa 1553-1850 by Darlington and Howgego) that says the Hollar panorama is "the most important ... and the most accurate of the pre-Fire panoramas". Given the differences between the Hollar panorama and the Visscher panorama (particularly the use of a single perspective in the Hollar panorama), maybe a crop of the Hollar panorama could be used here instead, or at least referred to for a more accurate representation? It might also help to make clear (I'd not fully realised this before) that the Visscher panorama is from several different viewpoints, and doesn't quite show what the actual view looked like (i.e. the bend in the river is 'flattened' somewhat in the Visscher panorama). I suppose what is needed is to find someone able to crop the massive file we have of the Hollar panorama, and see if the result is worth using or not. Carcharoth (talk) 11:16, 14 September 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Why is this article protected?[edit]

It appears this article has been protected for several years. If Wikipedia policy has changed, please indicate, but my understanding is articles should only be protected from editing if there is consistent and ongoing vandalism, edit warring, etc. Closest I can see from looking at the history is some editor claimed to have never heard of Pepys' Diary, though that may have been in jest. (talk) 20:01, 1 November 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]

kkjxjx# — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:18, 29 April 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

There's a comma after "however" missing here: "However an enormous stroke of bad luck meant". — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:12, 14 August 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Close to not meeting featured article criteria[edit]

The article has multiple issues at the moment, including a lack of citations, and some outdated information, contradicting research published in 2016. I'll give it a few weeks before opening a featured article review. Renerpho (talk) 20:40, 25 September 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I've addressed these issues; just waiting on a book to come in for some additional touchups. Nikkimaria (talk) 20:19, 26 September 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Hi Nikkimaria, I was just checking this over during FA sweeps and it seems to me that the issues might be deeper than just a few touch-ups. It seems that the Field book (London, Londoners and the Great Fire of 1666: Disaster and Recovery) is credited by reviews by bringing a new perspective to this topic by examining it as social history. (There is also other new research, eg:[1][2][3]) The citation format is also inconsistent and I wonder how diaries and other primary sources from 1666 can be considered "high-quality RS" according to the FA criteria. Renerpho might be on the right track when calling for a FAR. (t · c) buidhe 04:39, 29 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hello Nikkimaria and Buidhe, and thanks. I also think that these problems are still considerable (despite the efforts by Nikkimaria back in September 2020), and go beyond what a single editor can be expected to handle. More help is needed. Hopefully we can get the article back into shape with an FAR. Renerpho (talk) 05:30, 29 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Featured article review[edit]

The article has been nominated for FAR. Please comment here and help improving the article. Renerpho (talk) 06:13, 29 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Nikkimaria I'd like to work on fixing some of the image issues (fixed pixels, etc), but first, a question about what images to include.

Could we stop fretting about image sizes, when we shouldn’t be using fixed pixel sizes anyway? I was planning to address all of the images, using the more correct upright= parameter, once we finish with the text. All of the images will need to be adjusted, and that will not be done by using fixed pixel sizes. SandyGeorgia (Talk) 03:07, 26 December 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thank you, Guerillero, for upgrading the maps to account for color blindedness and color issues per MOS:ACCIM; you're the best! SandyGeorgia (Talk) 15:48, 30 December 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Thoughts on whether these is anything to uncover in these sections above, or should they be archived?

SandyGeorgia (Talk) 04:20, 11 December 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I think they can be archived, since they don't provide any sourcing for proposed additions. Nikkimaria (talk) 15:57, 11 December 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Nikkimaria does this help? It seems to have a lot to say, not sure what the source is, iPad typing from the car. SandyGeorgia (Talk) 16:39, 11 December 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]


It appears from available sourcing that the Aftermath section could do with significant expansion and therefore subdivision, but I'm struggling a bit with what that might look like. Here are the pieces currently in the article and those with significant sourcing to support additions that I've found so far:

  • blaming foreigners
  • reactions from abroad
  • legal proceedings (Fire Court, resettlement proclamation, committee of inquiry)
  • rebuilding plans
  • impact on building codes
  • development of insurance industry
  • impact on population
  • political impact
  • economic impact
  • cultural responses (including pop culture)
  • monuments
  • plague myth

I don't think each of these warrants its own subsection, but does anyone have thoughts? Pinging Sandy, Buidhe, Renerpho. Nikkimaria (talk) 21:27, 11 December 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Reactions (blaming foreigners, from abroad, legal); Rebuilding plans (include Wren, Evelyn, monuments, St. Paul’s etc); Impact (population, political, economic, insurance industry, building codes, fire brigades); Cultural responses (myths, pop culture). Perhaps eliminate “Aftermath” and have four new level I sections, as there is so much. But that’s just a very quick glance after a very long day. SandyGeorgia (Talk) 03:38, 12 December 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

remark on a minor change[edit]

Hi folks,

I removed some instruction from the captions for newspaper articles, specifically "Click on the image to enlarge and read". I imagine I understand why these were placed there--normally when we have images of newspaper articles it is under fair use and navigating to the image won't actually enlarge it. However the instruction itself is a self-reference to avoid (WP:CLICKHERE--we say "the image" and not "here" but I still feel we should avoid it) and the term "click" no longer describes well the action taken to navigate somewhere (a reader may very well come across the article having never used a mouse!). Protonk (talk) 19:33, 2 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]