Golden Boy of Pye Corner
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: A reminder of the damage wrought by the Great Fire
A Fire Caused by Gluttony
The intriguing theory that the Great Fire was the result of gluttony was put forward by a contemporary preacher, who stated that if the fire had been heavenly retribution for lewdness it would have started at Drury Lane (the haunt of actresses and a byword for licentious behaviour), or if for blasphemy it would have begun at Billingsgate (where the fishmongers were known for their colourful language), or if untruthfulness was the sin, then everything from Westminster Hall to the City would have been levelled!
But, he concluded, the fire began at Pudding Lane and ended at Pye Corner. So, the, er, logical conclusion to be drawn was that the fire was a sign of God's displeasure for gluttony.
if I'm not aware of any other fire attributed to gluttony! But there's more; here is the inscription at the base of the building:
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 prodigously 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. The landlord used to show the room where on benches round the walls the bodies were placed labelled with the snatcher's names waiting till the surgeons at Saint Bartholomews could run round and apraise them.
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About Golden Boy of Pye Corner
Address: Giltspur Street, London, Greater London, England, EC1A 9DD
Attraction Type: Landmark
Location: At the corner of Giltspur Street and Cock Lane, just north of Holborn Viaduct, in the Smithfield district of London. Nearest underground stations are Farringdon, Barbican, and St Pauls.
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Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Nearest station: Farringdon - 0.3 miles (straight line) - Zone: 1
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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Postman's Park - 0.2 miles (Park)
St Botolph's-without-Aldersgate Church - 0.2 miles (Historic Church)
London, St Andrew's Holborn Church - 0.2 miles (Historic Church)
Museum of London - 0.2 miles (Museum)
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