Thomas Farriner

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Thomas Farriner (c. 1615–20 December 1670) was a baker in 17th century London. His bakery in Pudding Lane was the source point for the Great Fire of London on 2 September 1666.[1][2]

Map of the path of the Great Fire

Farriner joined the Baker's Company in 1637, and had his own shop by 1649.[3] By the time of the Great Fire of London, Thomas Farriner was a well-known baker in the City of London, who provided bread for the Royal Navy during the Anglo-Dutch war.[4] He was also a churchwarden.[5]

Thomas Farriner and his children escaped the fire, but his maid died in the flames.

Wenceslas Hollar – London before and after the fire.
Wenceslas Hollar – St Paul's burning (Lex ignea).
File:The Great Fire of London, with Ludgate and Old St. Paul's.(c. 1670.
Pudding Lane with the memorial column marking the ignition point of the fire of London.

After the fire, he rebuilt his business in Pudding Lane. He and his children signed the Bill falsely accusing Frenchman Robert Hubert of starting the fire.

Farriner died in 1670, slightly over 4 years after the fire.

In popular culture[edit]

Thomas Farriner and his daughter are featured characters in the 2016 musical Bumblescratch.[6]


  1. ^ Danielle Evelyn, [The Farriner family of the Great Fire]. Once upon a time in history (Friday, 17 October 2014).
  2. ^ Angus McKee, Great Fire of London anniversary: Wooden replica of city to burn 350 years on from disaster.
  3. ^ Terry Foreman,The Diary of Samuel Pepys.
  4. ^ Danielle Evelyn, The Farriner family of the Great Fire. Once upon a time in history (Friday, 17 October 2014).
  5. ^ Terry Foreman,The Diary of Samuel Pepys (26 May 2012).
  6. ^ "Bumblescratch gala concert – latest cast details". Musical Theatre Review. Retrieved 4 August 2020.