Great Fire Memorial

Great Fire Memorial information

London , England
cnr Cock Lane and Giltspur St
Getting there
Underground Rail: Barbican
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This small statue of a corpulent boy opposite St Bartholomew’s Hospital, at the corner of Cock Lane and Giltspur St, 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, where the statue now stands. This was interpreted by many as a sign that the fire was an act of God as punishment for the gluttony of Londoners.