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Dowgate Ward

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"DOWGATE-HILL, Upper Thames-street, is about a quarter of a mile on the right hand from London-bridge, and leads into Walbrook. This hill derives its name, as does the ward in which it is situated, from an ancient gate so named in the original city wall that ran along side the north side of the Thames, which, according to Stow, was originally called Down-gate, and was the principal quay for shipping to load and land goods and provisions. . . Downgate Ward, is bounded on the north by that of Walbrook, on the west by that of Vintry, on the south by the Thames, and on the east by the wards of Candlewick and Bridge. It extends from St. Martin's-lane eastward to Cloak-lane west-ward, and from those extremities, almost in a direct line southward to the Thames. . . The principal buildings are the parish church of Allhallows the Great, the halls of the Plumbers, Joiners, Innholders, Skinners and Tallow-chandlers companies, and Merchant Tailors' School."[J. Elmes, A Topographical Dictionary of London and its Environs (1831) - transcribed by Gareth Hicks]

Dowgate Ward contains the parishes All Hallows the Great, All Hallows the Less.


Archives and Libraries

London Metropolitan Archive holdings for Dowgate Ward.



Dowgate 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) - Vintry and Dowgate Ward.

Wikipedia page on Dowgate Ward.

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Historical Geography

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



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 - Dowgate 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 - Dowgate 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. [Dowgate Ward]


Vintry and Dowgate Ward Club website - with some historical accounts.



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