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">The Golden Boy Of Pye Corner
Although most people are aware that Pudding Lane was the starting point for the Great Fire of London , few know where it finally stopped. The answer? The corner of Cock Lane & Giltspur Street is a seedy part of medieval London.
Cock Lane was, at this point, one of only a few London places (aside of Southwark), where brothels are legal. Giltspur Street, however, has a less reputable reputation as the spot where Wat T Tyler was killed by the Lord Mayor of London. The Fortune of War' Pub stood on the corner of these street. In the back room, body-snatched corpses were taken to the Saint Bartholomew's hospital until they could pick them up. It is ironic that Cock Lane was saved from the seemingly endless fire by the Great Fire of London.
The Fortune of War pub at the turn of the century. The Golden Boy of Pye Corner is still in its original spot! Thanks to Richard Greatorex at oldebreweryrecorder.blogspot.co.uk for use of this image.
Although the Fortune of War pub was demolished in 1910, a small 17th century memorial was saved and still stands in its original position. The monument used to be known initially as "The Fat Boy", but was rebuilt in 1898 and renamed as "Golden Boy of Pye Corner".
It was not only intended to memorialize the moment that the Great Fire of London was over, but also to remind Londoners of how their greedy vices were the root cause of the flames. Why is this? It was because the fire originated in 'Pudding' Lane. Then it ended at 'Pye' Corner. It is stated in the memorial's inscription:
This Boy has been in Memory since the Sin of Gluttony took down the Fire of London Occasion.
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