Cock Lane

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Cock Lane, from Pye Corner

Cock Lane is a small street in Smithfield, London which runs east to Giltspur Street and west to Snow Hill.

It was known as Cokkes Lane during the Middle Ages - when the lane was known for its legal brothels. However, it is most well known for the ghost that is said to be around the area since 1762.[1] It is also known for being where Christian preacher and writer John Bunyan died of a fever in 1688.

The junction between this lane and Giltspur Street marks an area known as Pye Corner which serves as a marker for the furthest reach of the Great Fire of London. A monument, the Golden Boy of Pye Corner, marks this location.

References[change | change source]

  1. Chambers, Paul (2006). The Cock Lane Ghost: Murder, Sex and Haunting in Dr Johnson's London. Stroud: Sutton. ISBN 0-7509-3869-2.