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Portsoken Ward

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"PORTSOKEN WARD, is one of the eastern wards of the City, and derives its name from its situation, without Aldgate and the walls of the City, port soken signifying a liberty or franchise at the port, or gate. It contains all Whitechapel, as far as the bars, Middlesex-street, formerly Petticoat- lane,. Houndsditch, and the Minories; and is bounded on the east by the parishes of Spitalfields, Stepney, and St. George's in the East; on the south by Tower-hill; on the west by Aldgate ward, from which it is separated by the site of the ancient city wall, and on the north by the Ward of Bishopsgate. Its principal streets are, Whitechapel, as far as the bars, the Minories and Houndsditch, and its most remarkable buildings, the parish churches of St. Botolph, Aldgate, and Trinity, Minories. This ward is divided into five municipal precincts, named, Houndsditch, High- street, the Bars, Tower-hill and the Convent Garden; and is governed by an alderman, (Sir James Shaw, Bart) five common councilmen, and the usual other ward officers."[J. Elmes, A Topographical Dictionary of London and its Environs (1831) - transcribed by Gareth Hicks]

Portsoken Ward contains the parishes Holy Trinity Minories, St Botolph without Aldgate.


Archives and Libraries

London Metropolitan Archive holdings for Portsoken Ward.



Portsoken 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) - Portsoken Ward.

Wikipedia page on Portsoken Ward.

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Portsoken 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 - Portsoken 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 - Portsoken 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. [Portsoken Ward]


Portsoken Ward Club website.



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