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The Golden Boy of Pye Corner

 
 
The Golden Boy of Pye Corner Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 15, 2017
1. The Golden Boy of Pye Corner Marker
Inscription. 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 prodigiously 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 years ago The landlord used to show the room where on benches round the walls the bodies were placed, labelled with the snatchers' names waiting till the surgeons at Saint Bartholomew's could run round and appraise them
 
Location. 51° 31.034′ N, 0° 6.089′ W. Marker is in City of London, England. Marker is at the intersection of Giltspur Street and Cock Lane, on the left when traveling north on Giltspur Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: City of London, England EC1A 9DD, United Kingdom.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Charles Lamb (within shouting distance of this marker); The Royal Fusiliers (within shouting distance of this marker); Mozzagrogna and Caldari War Memorial

The Golden Boy of Pye Corner and Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 15, 2017
2. The Golden Boy of Pye Corner and Marker - Wide View
(about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Giltspur Street Compter (about 90 meters away); The Church of the Holy Sepulchre (about 90 meters away); To The Immortal Memory of Sir William Wallace (about 150 meters away); Marian Martyrs (about 150 meters away); Royal College of Physicians (about 180 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in City of London.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located directly across the street from St. Bartholomew's Hospital.
 
Also see . . .
1. Great Fire of London (Wikipedia). "The Great Fire of London was a major conflagration that swept through the central parts of the English city of London from Sunday, 2 September to Wednesday, 5 September 1666. The fire gutted the medieval City of London inside the old Roman city wall. It threatened but did not reach the aristocratic district of Westminster, Charles II's Palace of Whitehall, and most of the suburban slums. It consumed 13,200 houses, 87 parish churches, St Paul's Cathedral, and most of the buildings of the City authorities. It
The Golden Boy of Pye Corner image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 15, 2017
3. The Golden Boy of Pye Corner
This boy is in Memory put up for the late FIRE of LONDON occasion'd by the Sin of Gluttony 1666
is estimated to have destroyed the homes of 70,000 of the City's 80,000 inhabitants." (Submitted on December 11, 2017.) 

2. The Golden Boy of Pye Corner (Historic UK). (Submitted on December 11, 2017.)
3. The Golden Boy at Pye Corner (Atlas Obscura). "A portly statue of a golden boy commemorates an unusual cause of the Great Fire of London: the sin of gluttony." (Submitted on December 11, 2017.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 11, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 70 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 11, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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