A Contemporary Account of the Great Fire at Wem, March 3rd. 1677
This dreadful fire began on Saturday, between seven and eight o'clock, at a small house near the upper end of Leek-
His barns and out-
An estimate being taken of the buildings, and the value of the goods consumed by fire, it was computed that the buildings were worth £14,760. l0s. and the household goods £8,916. 13s. 1d, so that the whole loss amounted to about £23,677. 3s. 1d. for which a brief was obtained, dated the 31st of May, 1677.
In the preceding year there had been two fires in Wem. In the beginning of May, 1676, one small house was burnt. In the latter end of September, another fire broke out in the heart of the town, which did little hurt. At that time considerate people looked on these events as warnings to the impenitent, and when their habitations were laid in ashes, thought it was a judgment on them for neglecting repeated calls to reformation.