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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
18th November 1905 George Bernard Shaws Major Barbara, premieres in London
18th November 1852 State funeral of duke of Wellington (London)
18th November 1836 Born today: William Schwenck Gilbert, London, composer (Gilbert and Sullivan)
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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