Pudding Lane

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Pudding Lane looking northwards from the junction with Monument Street.

Pudding Lane is a street in the City of London and formerly the location of Thomas Farriner's bakery where the Great Fire of London began in 1666. The lane is located off Eastcheap, near London Bridge and the Monument.

According to the chronicler John Stow, it is named after the "puddings" (a medieval word for entrails and organs) which would fall from the carts coming down the lane from the butchers in Eastcheap as they headed for the waste barges on the River Thames. In Stowe's words, "the Butchers of Eastcheape have their skalding House for Hog there, and their puddings with other filth of Beasts, are voided down that way to their dung boats on the Thames."[1] The original name of the lane was "Offal Pudding Lane".

The site Farriner's bakery on Pudding Lane is now occupied by a building called "Faryners House". A commemorative plaque on the wall of the building records the fire's point of origin. The sign was presented by the Worshipful Company of Bakers in 1986.

The nearest London Underground station is Monument, a short distance to the west. The closest mainline railway stations are Fenchurch Street and Cannon Street.


  1. ^ Billinsgate warde, from A Survey of London, by John Stow. Reprinted from the text of 1603. original spelling: "... commonly called Pudding Lane, because the Butchers of Eastcheape haue their skalding House for Hogges there, and their puddinges with other filth of Beastes, are voided downe that way to theyr dung boates on the Thames."

Coordinates: 51°30′37″N 0°05′07″W / 51.5102°N 0.0853°W / 51.5102; -0.0853