This Week In London’s History
Random London Fact Of The Week
On the corner of Cock Lane and Giltspur Street, near St. Paul’s, is a somewhat cherubic golden statue of a chubby boy mounted on the wall. Known as the Golden Fat Boy, the statue marks the spot where the great fire of 1666 was extinguished.
At the time of the fire, this place was known as Pie Corner – a mildly curious coincidence bearing in mind the great fire started at Pudding Lane. However at the time, many interpreted this as more than a coincidence, preferring instead to believe that it indicated that the fire was a form of divine retribution for the gluttony that was widespread in the city. And so, the Golden Fat Boy was placed on Pie Corner, accompanied by an inscription:
This Boy is in Memmory Put up for the late FIRE of LONDON Occasion’d by the Sin of Gluttony 1666
London’s Weather This Week
It’s definitely going to snow this week. You heard it here first.
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