We asked for a link between the Great Fire of London and Wanstead. We had some answers, though not yet the one we were after.
So far we have had this from regular contributor Juan Stead:
Did you know that after the Great Fire, a May Pole that had stood in the present-day Strand / Temple area, was salvaged by Sir Isaac Newton and taken to Wanstead Park, where he used it to support his new telescope. Apparently it was over 100 feet high.
We don’t know if it’s true, by the way, but it wasn’t what we were after. But there was also this from Tom King on Twitter:
@Wansteadium ah! Owner of wanstead house in 1666 was chairman in the parliament inquiry into the fire. Sir Robert Brooke, drownd 3 yrs later
— Tom King (@zgap118) September 6, 2016
That’s not it either. Clue: it relates to Pepys. Further answers in the normal manner please.