Bishopsgate Ward


Bishopsgate Ward shares its western boundary with the eastern boundaries of Shoreditch and Broad Street Ward and, thus, encompasses area both inside and outside the Wall. The ward and its main street, Bishopsgate Street, are named after Bishopsgate.

Links to Chapters in the Survey of London

1603 Description of Ward Boundaries

The following diplomatic transcription of the opening paragraph(s) of the 1603 chapter on this ward will eventually be subsumed into the MoEML edition of the 1603 Survey.1 Each ward chapter opens with a narrative circumnavigation of the ward—a verbal beating of the bounds that MoEML first transcribed in 2004 and later used to facilitate the drawing of approximate ward boundaries on our edition of the Agas map. Source: John Stow, A Survey of London (London, 1603; STC #23343).
The next is Biſhopſgate warde, whereof a parte is without the gate and of the ſuburbes from the barres, by S. Mary Spittle, to Biſhopſgate, and a part of Hounds ditch, almoſt halfe thereof, alſo without the wall is of the ſame Warde. Then within the gate is Biſhopſgate ſtreete, ſo called of the gate, to a Pumpe, where ſometime was a fayre wel with two buckets by the Eaſt ende of the parriſh Church of S. Martin Otoſwich, and then winding by the Weſt corner of Leaden hall down Graſſe ſtreet to the corner ouer againſt Graſſe Church, and this is the boundes of that Warde.

Note on Ward boundaries on Agas Map

The boundaries of Bishopsgate Ward, as drawn on the Agas map, are approximate. See MoEML’s page on ward boundaries.


  1. The 1603 Survey is widely available in reprints of C.L. Kingsford’s two-volume 1908 edition (Kingsford) and also in the British History Online transcription of the Kingsford edition (BHO). MoEML is completing its editions of all four texts in the following order: 1598, 1633, 1618, and 1603. (JJ)


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MLA citation

Zabel, Jamie. Bishopsgate Ward. The Map of Early Modern London, Edition 6.6, edited by Janelle Jenstad, U of Victoria, 30 Jun. 2021,

Chicago citation

Zabel, Jamie. Bishopsgate Ward. The Map of Early Modern London, Edition 6.6. Ed. Janelle Jenstad. Victoria: University of Victoria. Accessed June 30, 2021.

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Zabel, J. 2021. Bishopsgate Ward. In J. Jenstad (Ed), The Map of Early Modern London (Edition 6.6). Victoria: University of Victoria. Retrieved from

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