Golden Boy of Pye Corner

Statue in The City

This small statue of a podgy naked boy has a strange dedication: ‘In memmory [sic] put up for the late fire of London occasion'd 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.