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. A commemorative plaque on the wall of a building called Faryners House, on Pudding Lane, records the site of the start of the fire. The sign was presented by the Worshipful Company of Bakers in 1986. The original name of the lane was "Offal Pudding Lane".
^Billinsgate warde, from A Survey of London, by John Stow. Reprinted from the text of 1603: "... 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."