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TOUR OF THE MONTH
ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd April 1959 1st heliport in Britain opens in London
23rd April 1925 1st London performance of operetta Fasquita staged
23rd April 1881 Gilbert and Sullivan's opera Patience produced in London
23rd April 1775 Artist J.M.W. Turner was born in Covent Garden, London.
23rd April 1705 Richard Steele's Tender Husband, premieres in London
23rd April 1702 The Coronation of Anne I in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1685 The Coronation of James II (and VII of Scotland) in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1661 English king Charles II crowned in London
23rd April 1661 The Coronation of Charles II in Westminster Abbey.
The Golden Boy Statue
The golden boy statue at the place where the Great Fire finished
Location: Corner of Giltspur Street & Cock Lane, London
Description: Set high-up on the 1st floor of the building at the corner of Giltspur Street and Cock Lane, the statue of the Golden Boy is supposed to mark the spot where the Great Fire of London (1666) finished.
Because the fire spread from Pudding Lane to Pie Corner (this was where a food market used to be), the surviving
London crowd felt that they had been punished for greed.
The Golden Boy, who hugs his belly, symbolises the sin of gluttony. He stands as a warning to future generations.
Previous to the fire, The Fortune of War tavern stood here, where the sign of the magpie stood and it was from this bird that this corner became known as Pie Corner.
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