Rebels, Radicals and Rough Justice: Historic Clerkenwell

    11 Nov 2015
    Clock 60min      Length1mi
    8 ratings

    Fat Boy

    Pay wave

    We’ve almost reached the end of our tour, but let’s stop here for a moment. Look at the corner of the building to your right. On the second floor is a gilded statue of a chubby little boy. Can you see it?

    This is supposed to be the site where the Great Fire of London was finally stopped. It was known as Pye Corner after a sign with a Magpie on a tavern here. It was replaced by a new inn called the Fortunes of War in the 1700s.

    Now carry on walking down the road. When you can, make your way over to the right hand side of the road.

    The fire of London had started in Pudding Lane, so Pye corner seems an appropriate ending. People always want someone or something to blame for catastrophes. Originally the Roman Catholics were blamed. An unfortunate Frenchman was hanged despite being clearly innocent. Later a new villain was found - the sin of gluttony. An inscription was put up here, saying “This boy is in memory put up for the late Fire of London, occasioned by the sin of gluttony, 1666”.

    The present statue and inscription were put up after the Fortunes of War Inn was demolished in 1910. The inn became notorious as a hangout for body snatchers in the 1800s. They stole corpses from freshly dug graves from the churchyard of St Sepulchres just down the road.

    Continue straight.

Similar Audio Tours in London

Rachel poop 16compressed2
by The Loo Lady Erickson in London
12 Nov 2014
Ilya loo tour large 7

At Your Convenience: A Lavatorial Walking Tour

Distance 1.5mi
Duration 40min
13 ratings

Plunge yourself into the surprisingly dynamic world of the British Public Toilet. This tour takes you past some of London's most iconic views with a new twist.

Performed by Rachel Erickson (The Loo Lady), Music by Paul Freeman, Guest voices:... More»

Rachel poop 16compressed2
by The Loo Lady Erickson in London
25 Nov 2014
London school of hygiene and tropical medicine

At Your Convenience: History, Health and Hygiene

Distance 1mi
Duration 30min
1 rating

We take toilets (and most other sanitary fixtures) for granted... but there is nothing pre-ordained or natural about them. They reflect deeply ingrained cultural norms.
This walk through Bloomsbury dives into the history of toilets and how we... More»

Locicon Gower Street
by Brian Cookson in London
19 Nov 2015
Tower bridge and the gherkin

Southwark: London's Historic Entertainment District

Distance 1mi
Duration 45min
18 ratings

On this walk we follow in the footsteps of Chaucer and Shakespeare across London Bridge to the south bank of the Thames. Here is the district of Southwark, which used to have a murky reputation, as it provided the entertainment, manufacture and... More»