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On this day 930 years ago, London was destroyed by something so frightening that it must have seemed as if the apocalypse had come. Early on October 23, 1091, a violent “whirlwind” tore through the heart of the city. “A clash of conflicting winds coming from the south-east destroyed over 600 houses in London,” wrote William of Malmesbury. Churches and houses, fences and walls were left in piles. The violence of the winds produced an even worse catastrophe: it raised the roof of the church of St Mary-le-Bow and killed two people there. The timber and beams were carried through the air – a great sight for those who looked far away, but a frightening one for those standing nearby. ”

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