Bridge and Bridge Without Ward


"BRIDGE WARD WITHIN receives its name from its contiguity to London-bridge, and from being within the City. It is bounded on the south by the Thames, on the east by Billingsgate ward, on the north by Langboum ward, and on the west by Candlewick and Dowgate wards. It begins at the south end of London-bridge; extends northward up Gracechurch-street to the corner of Lombard-street, including all the bridge, the greatest part of the courts and alleys on the east side of Gracechurch-street, and all the alleys, courts and lanes in Upper Thames-street, as far as New Quay, part of St. Michael's lane, and part of Crooked-lane. The principal streets in this wa d are New Fish-street, Fish-street-hill, and Gracechurch-street; and the principal buildings are London-bridge, new and old; the parish churches of St. Magnus and St. Bennett's, Gracechurch-street; Fishmongers' Hall, now about to be pulled down; and the Monument . . .
BRIDGE WARD WITHOUT, so called from being without the liberties of the City, contains the whole of the Borough of Southwark. It is nominally governed by an alderman, whose office is a sinecure, and, therefore given always to the senior alderman, who, on the death of his predecessor, vacates his former ward, and takes that of Bridge Without, as a matter of course." [J. Elmes, A Topographical Dictionary of London and its Environs (1831) - transcribed by Gareth Hicks]


Archives & Libraries

London Metropolitan Archive holdings for Bridge and Bridge Without Ward.



Bridge Ward Within - photographs and maps from the London Burial Grounds website.


Description & Travel

John Strype's Survey of the Cities of London and Westminster (1720) - Bridge and Bridge Without Ward.

John Strype's Survey of the Cities of London and Westminster (1720) - Bridge Ward Without.

Magnus, the Monument and Mice eating Cheese (Bridge Ward) - lavishly illustrated account of a walk round the ward, from History London by Julian Woodford.

Eastcheap Conservation Area: Character Summary & Management Strategy - a well-illustrated City of London document that provides much descriptive and historical information this conservation area, which is in Billingsgate and Bridge Wards.

You can see pictures of Bridge and Bridge Without Ward which are provided by:





London Bridge, a paper by S.J. Fox, to the Guildhall Historical Association in 1951.

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 - Bridge and Bridge Without 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 - Bridge and Bridge Without 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. [Bridge and Bridge Without Ward]
Gerhold, Dorian London Bridge and Its Houses, c. 1209-1761. Oxbow Books (2021). "London Bridge lined with houses from end to end was one of the most extraordinary structures ever seen in London. This book uses plentiful newly-discovered evidence, including detailed descriptions of nearly every house, to tell the story of the bridge and its houses and inhabitants. With the new information it is possible to reconstruct the plan of the bridge and houses in the seventeenth century, to trace the history of each house back through rentals and a survey to 1358, revealing the original layout, to date most of the houses which appear in later views, and to show how the houses and their occupants changed during five and half centuries. The book includes five newly-commissioned reconstruction drawings showing what we now know about the bridge and its houses." A blogpost from the publishers gives some more detail.


Blome's 1754 Map of Billingsgate Ward and Bridge Ward.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TQ328807 (Lat/Lon: 51.509637, -0.087118), Bridge and Bridge Without Ward which are provided by:



Bridge and Bridge Without Ward Club website - provides historical information about the ward, with links to its livery companies.



Sources for listings of taxpayer names for Bridge and Bridge Without Ward, listed on the LDS FamilySearch wiki.