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Scene of Great Tooley St Fire
Scene of the great Tooley Street Fire in 1861
In 1861 the Great Fire of Southwark destroyed a large number of buildings between at Cottons Wharf, around Tooley Street and the Thames. Many buildings from Hays Wharf, where Hays Galleria was later built, and blocks to the west almost as far as St Olave's Church were affected.
The fire caused damage worth more than £2 million (around £100 million in current prices) and claimed the life of James Braidwood, head of the London Fire Engine Establishment.