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The origins of fire insurance (& ‘lusty able body’d firemen’)

The Great Fire of London, 1666 by Jan Griffier, the Elder

The Great Fire of London (1666) destroyed more than 13,000 houses and displaced about 100,000 people but it took a couple of decades for its embers to spark the first blaze of the fire insurance business. Nicholas Barbon was probably the first … Continue reading

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