Burning Down the House

In a rather sad moment for the thespians and theatre lovers of London, the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane burned to the ground on February 24, 1809, leaving its owner, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, completely destitute. The theatre that burned in 1809 was the third to stand on that ground (incidentally, the first one burned down too, during the Great Fire of London in 1666). Sheridan, a … Continue reading Burning Down the House

The Burning of Washington

On 24 August 1814, Rear Admiral George Cockburn and a force of more than 4000 British soldiers routed the Americans at the Battle of Bladensburg and marched on Washington, DC. They originally sent a major general in under a flag of truce, but after he and his party were attacked, the British said, ”well, the hell with this, then,” and set about burning the White … Continue reading The Burning of Washington

London Bridge is Burning Down…

Once upon a time, London looked like a city built by the two dumbest of the three little pigs: it was essentially a place of sticks and straw. To be fair, this isn’t because the citizens were stupid, it’s because it was the middle ages and stone was expensive. But it did mean that the city was a tinderbox and, unsurprisingly, fires tended to break … Continue reading London Bridge is Burning Down…