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Golden Boy

1670
Pye Corner, Giltspur Street
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The Golden Boy of Pye Corner is a small monument located on the corner of Giltspur Street andCock Lane in Smithfield, central London. It marks the spot where the 1666 Great Fire of Londonwas stopped. The statue is made of wood and is covered with gold. The building which incorporates it is a Grade II listed building.
It bears the following small inscription below it: This Boy is in Memmory Put up for the late FIRE of LONDON Occasion'd by the Sin of Gluttony. The main inscription reads as follows, and is approximately 10ft below the boy: 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

www.wikipedia.org:
Located on the junction of Giltspur Street and Cock Lane is the Golden Boy of Pye Corner, a cherub which is a symbol of gluttony, the sin which supposedly led to divine retribution in the form of the Great Fire of London. An inscription on the monument reads: 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.

wwwknowledgeoflondon.com:
Another Rooftop statue is located on the corner of Cock Lane in the city of London. This is the exact spot where the Great fire of London of 1666 was stopped. The guilt boy, erected to remind people the fire was caused by gluttony. Here once stood The Fortune of War tavern, where the sign of the magpie once stood, it was from this bird the corner became known as Pie Corner.