Golden Boy of Pye Corner
Smithfield is central London’s last surviving meat market. Its name derives from 'smooth field', where animals could graze, although its...
This fine iron bridge was built in an effort to smarten up the area, as well as to link Holborn and Newgate St above what had been a...
Dating to 1123 and adjoining one of London's oldest hospitals, St Bartholomew-the-Great is one of London's most ancient churches. The...
London's leading club, fantastic Fabric's three separate dance floors in a huge converted cold store opposite Smithfield meat market...
A great place for a meal or snack while visiting St Bartholomew-the-Great .
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Golden Boy of Pye Corner information
This small statue of a corpulent boy opposite St Bartholomew’s Hospital has a strange 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 bakery on Pudding Lane and burned itself out in what was once called Pye (Pie) Corner. This was interpreted as a sign the fire was an act of God as punishment for the gluttony of Londoners.