Valentine Knight

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Valentine Knight
Allegiance  Great Britain
Rank Captain

Valentine Knight (fl. 1666) was a 17th-century English architect. After the Great Fire, he submitted plans for rebuilding the city of London to King Charles II, although they were never adopted. Knight's plans called for a layout which emphasized reorganization of building plots above reorganization of the street layouts advocated by Christopher Wren and John Evelyn.[1]

Knight's plan called for the construction of a toll canal which would fund the further reconstruction of London. Charles was incensed that Knight suggested the King "draw a benefit to himself from so public a calamity of his people" – and had Knight briefly thrown in jail.[2]

Before the Fire, Knight was one of those nominated to be Knight of the Royal Oak.[3]


  1. ^ Morris, A.E.J. (2013). History of the Urban Form Before the Industrial Revolution. Routledge. p. Figure 8.13. Retrieved February 4, 2016.
  2. ^ "How London Might Have Looked Five Masterplans After the Great Fire of 1666". Retrieved February 4, 2016.
  3. ^ Jenner, M.S.R. (Jan 2017). "Print Culture and the Rebuilding of London after the Fire: The Presumptuous Proposals of Valentine Knight". Journal of British Studies. 56 (1): 1–26.