“TOWER WARD, is the most eastern ward of the city, and derives its name from its contiguity to the Tower, and from its principal avenue, Tower-street. It is bounded on the north by Langboum Ward, on the east by Tower-hill and part of Aldgate Ward, on the south by the Thames and on the west by Billingsgate Ward. It extends from the Tower eastward, to the middle of the way between Great Dice Quay and Smart’s Quay westward, and from the west corner of Tower Dock on the south to within seventy feet of the north end of Rood lane on the north. Within this circuit are Tower-street, part of Thames - street. Seething -lane, Mark-lane, Mincing-lane, Hart-street, Idol- lane, St. Dunstan;s-hill, Harp-lane, Water- lane and Beer-lane, with many others, and a considerable number of courts and alleys. The principal edifices in Tower ward are, the parish churches of St. Dunstan and Allhallows Barking, the Custom-house, the Trinity-house, the Corn-exchange and the Commercial-hall.” [J. Elmes, A Topographical Dictionary of London and its Environs (1831) - transcribed by Gareth Hicks]
London Metropolitan Archive holdings for Tower Ward.
Tower Street Ward - photographs and maps from the London Burial Grounds website.
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Tower Ward to another place.
You can see the administrative areas in which Tower Ward has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
Poppies and Pepys and Ghastly Grim (Tower Ward) - lavishly illustrated account of a walk round the ward, from History London by Julian Woodford.
The History of Tower Bridge, a paper by Lawrence Clackson, to the Guildhall Historical Association in 1980.
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 - Tower 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 - Tower 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. [Tower Ward]
Blome's 1754 Map of Tower Street Ward.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TQ333807 (Lat/Lon: 51.509898, -0.080284), Tower Ward which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- OldMaps (Old Ordnance Survey maps.)
- Old Maps Online (Other old maps.)
- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- English Jurisdictions in 1851 (Unfortunately the LDS have removed the facility to enable us to specify a starting location, you will need to search yourself on their map.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)
Tower Ward Club website - provides a history of the ward and the ward club.
Sources for listings of taxpayer names for Tower Ward, listed on the LDS FamilySearch wiki.