Golden Boy of Pye Corner

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Neighborhood: City of London
From its ancient past as a Roman trading outpost to its 21st century status as the wealthiest square mile in the world, the financial district known simply as “The City” is one of London's most historic and fascinating neighborhoods. Here high rise office towers such as Norman Foster’s Gherkin mingle with Roman ruins and architectural marvels from virtually every era in between, including Christopher Wren's glorious St.Paul's Cathedral, and John Soane's dauntingly classicist Bank of England. This neighborhood is also home to some of the finest restaurants and plushest hotels in Europe, in addition to an assortment of watering holes, upscale shops, and Tube stations. During the week, the City is abuzz with white collar workers going about their business; the weekend sees this area turn into a quiet haven for sightseers.
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  • St. Paul's • 5 min walk
  • Farringdon • 6 min walk
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HolidaymakerfromHove
Brighton and Hove, UK1,013 contributions
Golden Boy..........
Oct 2020
Visited as part of a walking tour in the area. You could easily miss this marker/ memorial to where the great fire of London ended.

Recommended. Worth a look if you are in the area.
Written October 27, 2020
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Martin H
Stockport, UK626 contributions
So easy to miss
Mar 2019 • Couples
I only heard about this from looking on Tripadvisor & even knowing it is there you could walk past it without seeing. An interesting bit of history I'd never thought of before & an interesting reflection of sentiment as to the causes of the Great Fire.
Written March 8, 2019
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK151,202 contributions
A bit of good fun
Feb 2019 • Friends
At the corner of Cock Lane (seriously) and Giltspur Street this a golden statue of a child. The statue is a a small child, plump and naked in his birthday suit. Under the statue there is also a plaque inscribed with the words "This boy is in memory put up for the late fire of London Occasioned by the sin of gluttony 1666".

The statue is easy to miss. Look up for a bit of fun in London.
Written February 17, 2019
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Henry Tapper
London, UK341 contributions
Naughty chap!
Dec 2018 • Solo
Well worth including on any tour of the City of London- this little chap stands proud on his plinth despite his (alleged) misdemeanours. He sort of sums up the ambivalent attitude of us to City Boys
Written December 29, 2018
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Wandering Wonderings
Hastings, UK3,071 contributions
Golden boy!
Apr 2018 • Couples
Well, I did not expect this! A golden boy mounted high on the wall. Erected on Cock Lane to symbolise the gluttony of the world, which was responsible for the Great Fire of 1666...apparently.

Quirky little thing to see and stumble upon. It's oddities like this that make London so unique.
Written May 3, 2018
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dunadan
Lynnwood, WA2,409 contributions
A Fun Little Bit of History
Jul 2017 • Couples
This is a quirky little statue which claims to mark the farthest extent of the Great Fire which mostly destroyed London in 1666. Not sure why they chose a golden boy for this duty, but ours is not to wonder why. Just enjoy this golden laddie and appreciate his perpetual vigil.
Written January 11, 2018
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Ferret F
Oxford, UK23 contributions
This is why I love Clerkenwell / Smithfields....
Dec 2016 • Solo
Serendipity, that's why.... the happy accident of finding all kinds of tributes, memorials and other items cast in stone, bronze, statuary and plaques living on in the built form and architecture of the whole area, and most of it free!
Written November 21, 2017
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HappyMama41969
447 contributions
Come and find this little boy
Oct 2017 • Family
You will find this cheeky chappie high up on a building at the corner of Cock Lane and Giltspur Street. He is a fat little boy that marks where Great Fire of London reached in London in 1666.

He was erected to end the theories of how the Great Fire started. The boy is fat to symbolise gluttony hence the fire started in a bakery and God was punishing the sin of gluttony.

The building this statue is attached to used to be home to The Fortunes of War, a pub where notorious men called "resurrection men" who sold corpses to the anatomists at St. Bartholomew's hospital which is opposite. The corpses were shown in an upstairs room by the landlord with the name of the finder attached to the body with a label.
Written October 15, 2017
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kimHavant
Havant, UK101 contributions
Just stumbled across this
Jul 2017 • Couples
Was nice stumbling across this, however, I wouldn't go out of my way to visit it. It was interesting to read the inscription below, a little insight into London past
Written July 25, 2017
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nellielim
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia4,110 contributions
Golden statue
Apr 2017 • Family
This is a small monument on the corner of Giltspur Street and Cock Lane in Smithfield, London. It marks the spot of where the 1666 Great Fire of London was stopped. The statue is made of wood and covered with gold. The fire was eventually blamed on the "Sin of Gluttony".
Written June 14, 2017
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