A Fier devised by the Devil - The Great Fire of Wymondham 1615, by John Wilson, subtitled 'An account of who caused it, its effect on the town and how fire-fighting improved'
Published by the Wymondham Heritage Society, 44 pages. A5 size booklet (N5310)
This booklet is a fascinating account and history of the Great Fire that swept through the Norfolk market town of Wymondham in 1615.
From the rear side cover: In 1616 John Trundle, a printer and bookseller with a shop in the Barbican, registered a broadsheet ballad at Stationers' Hall: 'The arraignement of John Flodder for burneing the towne of Windham in Norfolke '. When it was discovered some years ago, the ballad shed light on a major event in Wymondham's history, namely the Great Fire of 1615. Below are the opening lines of this ballad:
Brave Windham late, whom Fortune did adorne, With Buildingsfayre, & fresh as Sommers morne: To coale-blacke Ashes now, quite burned downe, May sorrowing say, I was a gallant Towne.
Yea all my state and glory is put by, For mourning on the ground my Buildings lye: My Goods consum'd, my Dwellers broughtfulllow, Which now goe wandring up and downe in woe.
Three hundred dwelling Houses of account, Which bid to fourtie thousand pounds amount, Are all consumd and wasted quite away, And nothing left, but ruine and decay.
The condition of the booklet is generally excellent. The covers are clean and bright, the staple spine is tight and intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover