The Golden Boy Statue

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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The Golden Boy Statue

The golden boy statue at the place where the Great Fire finished

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I was born in Noel Road so was my mum, but it was Noel St when ahe was born there in 1927. We used to play near the tunnel when we were kids. My ancesters name of George and Ann Hills lived there when their son George was born in 1824 as it states on a baptism. I hope to go and look at it sometime this year. (Hazel Farran)
Posted by Hazel Farran on 2008-08-13

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