Golden Boy of Pye Corner

Golden Boy of Pye Corner information

London , United Kingdom
Street cnr Cock Lane & Giltspur St
Extras EC1
Getting there
tube St Paul’s or Barbican
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Lonely Planet review

This small statue of a corpulent boy opposite St Bartholomew’s Hospital has a somewhat odd dedication: ‘In memory put up for the fire of London occasioned by the sin of gluttony 1666’. All becomes clear, however, when you realise the Great Fire started in a busy bakery on Pudding Lane and finally burned itself out in what was once called Pye (Pie) Corner.

This was interpreted by many as a sign that the fire was an act of God as punishment for the gluttony of Londoners. On this site the Fortune of War pub once stood, gathering place of the 'resurrection men' – bodysnatchers who sold freshly exhumed corpses to surgeons for study at St Barts.