The Fire of Darlington

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In 1585 Darlington suffered a disastrous fire.

It started on 7 May 1585 around midday, the fire spread quickly as most houses were built of wood and had straw roofs. Unfortunately water was scarce because of a drought and people desperately used milk and beer to try and dowse the flames. In all 273 houses were destroyed and 800 people were made homeless.