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Cripplegate Ward

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"CRIPPLEGATE WARD, derives its name from the very ancient gate which stood 1,032 feet to the westward of Moorgate. Cripplegate was named, say the best authorities, from the number of cripples that formerly begged there. . . This ward is very large and consists of two parts, one lying within the ancient gate and London-wall, and the other reaching to the extent of the City Liberties, without the walls. It extends from Cheapside on the south, to beyond Bridgewater-square on the north; and from Jewin-street in the west to Finsbury in the east. It is bounded on the north by the parish of St Luke's without the freedom, and is, therefore, the most northern of the city wards; on the west by Aldersgate ward, on the south by Cheap ward, and on the east by parts of Coleman-street, Bassishaw and Cheap wards." [J. Elme , A Topographical Dictionary of London and its Environs (1831) - transcribed by Gareth Hicks]


Archives and Libraries

London Metropolitan Archive holdings for Cripplegate Ward.



Cripplegate 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) - Cripplegate Ward.

Wikipedia page on Cripplegate Ward.

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Historical Geography

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



The Evolution of the Barbican(link is external), a paper by Eric F Wilkins, 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 - Cripplegate Ward]
Baddeley, Sir John James. Cripplegate: One of the twenty six wards of the City of London. London: Hodder & Stoughton (1922) 376 pp. [Full text]
Gordon, Caroline and Wilfrid Dewhurst. The Ward of Cripplegate in the City of London. Cripplegate Ward Club (1985).
Miller, William. London before the fire of 1666 ; with an historical account of the parish, the ward and the church of St. Giles without Cripplegate, brought down to the present time. London J. H. Woodley, (1867) 92 pp. [Full text]
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 - Cripplegate 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. [Full text - Cripplegate Ward]


Cripplegate Ward Club website - extensive information on the history of the ward and the ward club.



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