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Bread Street Ward

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"BREAD-St., Cheapside . . . derives its name from having been, in ancient times, the bread-market of the city. It gives its name to the ward, which is bounded on the north and north-west by the ward of Farringdon Within; on the west, by that of Castle Baynard; on the south, by Queenhithe; and on the east, by Castle Baynard. It is governed by an alderman (John Ansley, Esq.), twelve common-councilmen, and other officers. The principal streets in Bread-street ward are, Watling-street, Bread-street, Friday-st, Basing-lane, the eastern side of the Old Change, the north side of Old Fish-street, Trinity-lane, and that part of the southern side of Cheapside that lies between Friday-street and Bow Church. Its most remarkable buildings are the parish churches of All-Hallows, Bread-street; St Mildred's, Friday-street; and Cordwainer's-hall in Distaff-lane."[J. Elmes, A Topographical Dictionary of London and its Environs (1831) - transcribed by Gareth Hicks]


Archives and Libraries

London Metropolitan Archive holdings for Bread Street Ward.



Bread Street Ward - photographs and maps from the London Burial Grounds website.


Description and Travel

John Strype's Survey of the Cities of London and Westminster (1720) - Bread Street Ward.

Wikipedia page on Bread Street Ward.

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Bread Street Ward has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



The Ward of Bread Street, a paper by Alderman H. Murray Fox, to the Guildhall Historical Association.

Allen, Thomas. The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and parts adjacent. Continued to the present time. London: G. Virtue (1839) 3 vols. [Full text - Bread Street Ward]
Stow, John and John Nottley. A Survey of the Cities of London and Westminster, borough of Southwark, and parts adjacent. London, Printed for T. Read (1733-35) 2 vols. [Full text - Bread Street Ward]
Thomas, Henry The Wards of London: Comprising a Historical and Topographical Description of Every Object of Importance Within the Boundaries of the City. With an Account of All the Companies, Institutions, Buildings, Ancient Remains &c., &c., and Biographical Sketches of All Eminent Persons Connected Therewith London: J. Gifford (1828) 2 vols. [Bread Street Ward]


Bread Street Ward Club website - provides an extensive well-illustrated booklet on the ward's history.



Sources for listings of taxpayer names for Bread Street Ward, listed on the LDS FamilySearch wiki.