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Golden Boy of Pye Corner, London

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The Golden Boy of Pye Corner is a small monument located on the corner of Giltspur Street and Cock Lane in Smithfield, central London. It marks the spot where the 1666 Great Fire of London was stopped, whereas the Monument hints at the place where it started. The statue is made of wood and is covered with gold. The building that incorporates it is a Grade II listed building.

It bears the following small inscription below it:

This Boy is in Memmory Put up for the late FIRE of LONDON Occasion'd by the Sin of Gluttony.

The lower inscription, approximately 10 ft (3 m) below the boy, reads as follows:

The boy at Pye Corner was erected to commemorate the staying of the Great Fire, which, beginning at Pudding Lane, was ascribed to the sin of gluttony when not attributed to the papists as on the Monument, and the boy was made prodigiously fat to enforce the moral. He was originally built into the front of a public-house called "The Fortune of War" which used to occupy this site and was pulled down in 1910.

"The Fortune of War" was the chief house of call north of the river for resurrectionists in body snatching days. Years ago the landlord used to show the room where on benches round the walls the bodies were placed labelled with the snatchers' names, waiting till the surgeons at Saint Bartholomew's could run round and appraise them.

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  • I only heard about this from looking on Tripadvisor & even knowing it is there you could walk past it without seeing. An interesting bit of history I'd never thought of before & an interesting...  more »
  • At the corner of Cock Lane (seriously) and Giltspur Street this a golden statue of a child. The statue is a a small child, plump and naked in his birthday suit. Under the statue there is also a...  more »
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  • In a dedicated alcove this glute dominate, gilded wooden chubby-chops marks where the catastrophic 1666 Fire of London was finally stopped. Ostensibly a warning to hedonists, sybarites, voluptionaries and fellow-travellers.
  • At the corner of Cock Lane (seriously) and Giltspur Street this a golden statue of a child. The statue is a a small child, plump and naked in his birthday suit. Under the statue there is also a plaque inscribed with the words "This boy is in memory put up for the late fire of London Occasioned by the sin of gluttony 1666". The statue is easy to miss. Look up for a bit of fun in London.

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