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Building Regulations




Charles II. A proclamation concerning building, in, and about London and Westminster. London, 1661


Issued by Charles II shortly after the Restoration, this proclamation begins with a reminder that “Orders and proclamations heretofore published by his late Royal Father, his grandfather and in the time of Queen Elizabeth ... have been not at all or very little observed.” The new king cites concern for the health and safety of the populace. He prohibits the building of any new structures within two miles of the city gates, except on the foundations of older buildings. New buildings must also be constructed of brick and stone rather than timber to help minimize the threat of fire.

 

These concerns were sadly realized a few years later with the devastating plague year of 1665 and the Great Fire in 1666.

 


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