Hell broke loose upon this Protestant City
formerly at Pudding Lane, London
Here by the permission of Heaven, Hell broke loose upon this Protestant City from the malicious hearts of barbarous Papists, by the hand of their agent Hubert who confessed, and on the Ruines of this place declared the Fact for which he was hanged (vizt) that here began that dredfull fire, which is described and perpetuated on and by the neighbouring Pillar.
Erected Anno 1680 in the Mayoraltie of Sir Patience Ward Kt.
From The Great Fire of London in 1666 by Walter Bell, 1931.
This stone was formerly sited at the spot in Pudding Lane where the Great Fire of 1666 began. It was in the Guildhall at the time of the publication of Walter Bell's book, survived the destruction of the Blitz and is now (2018) in the Museum of London. The inscription gives an insight into the extreme protestant fundamentalism of the late 17th Century London merchants. During the Fire, it really was believed by many that Catholics or Frenchmen were responsible.