The Great Fire of London and the Origins of Fire Insurance: A Brief Note

5 Pages Posted: 26 Oct 2016

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Philip Rawlings

Queen Mary University of London, School of Law

Date Written: October 24, 2016

Abstract

The Great Fire of London in 1666 reshaped the architecture of London and was a factor in establishing the City as a place of financial innovation. Fire insurance did not emerge immediately after that event because of the difficulties in establishing a viable scheme. Nevertheless, the fire and the enthusiasm for financial speculation brought various experiments that eventually led to relatively sophisticated fire insurance schemes.

Keywords: Fire Fire insurance History

Suggested Citation

Rawlings, Philip, The Great Fire of London and the Origins of Fire Insurance: A Brief Note (October 24, 2016). Queen Mary School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 246/2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2858259

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