What would John Donne's London have looked like?

What would the streets of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century London looked like? What would you have seen as you walked through town? Shopfronts, vistas, church squares? How did vendors display their wares? What were the street surfaces like? Buildings? Wharves down on the river?

A student team from De Montfort University (England) has created a fly-through of London as it would have looked in the seventeenth century, before the Great Fire of 1666 decimated almost all the wooden (and many of the stone) buildings that made up early modern London. You can read the Wired blurb about their award-wining animation, and watch the video itself below.

 

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