Cheap Ward

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Cheap Ward is west of Bassinghall Ward and Coleman Street Ward. Both the ward and its main street, Cheapside, are named after West Cheap (the market).

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Watercolour painting of the alderman and deputy in charge of Cheap Ward by Hugh Alley. Image courtesy of the Folger Digital Image Collection.
Watercolour painting of the alderman and deputy in charge of Cheap Ward by Hugh Alley. Image courtesy of the Folger Digital Image Collection.

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).
NExt adioyning is Cheape Warde, and taketh name of the Market there kept, called Weſt Cheping, this warde alſo beginneth in the Eaſt, on the courſe of Walbrooke, in Buckles Bury, and runneth vp on both the ſides to the great Conduit in Cheape. Alſo on the ſouth ſide of Buckles Berie, a lane turning vp by S. Sithes Church, and by S. Pancrates church through Needlers lane, on the north ſide thereof, and then through a peece of Sopars lane, on both ſides vppe to Chepe, be all of Chepe ward. Then to begin again in the eaſt upon the ſaid courſe of Walbrook, is S. Mildreds church in the Poultrie, on the north ſide, and ouer againſt the ſaid church gate, on the ſouth to paſſe vp al that hie ſtreet called the Poultrie, to the great conduit in Chepe, and then Chepe it ſelf, which beginneth by the eaſt end of the ſaide Conduit, and ſtretcheth vp to the north eaſt corner of Bowlane, on the ſouth ſide, and to the Standard on the north ſide, and thus far to the weſt is of Cheape ward. On the ſouth ſide of this high ſtreet is no lane turning ſouth out of this ward, more then ſome ſmall portion of Sopars lane, whereof I haue before written. But on the north ſide of this high ſtreete is Conyhope lane, about one quarter of Olde Iury lane on the weſt ſide, and on the Eaſt ſide, almoſt as much to the ſigne of the Angell. Then is Ironmongers lane, all wholy on both ſides, and from the North end thereof through Catton ſtreete, Weſt to the North ende of S. Lawrence lane, & ſome 4. houſes weſt beyond the ſame on that ſide, and ouer againſt Ironmongers lane end on the North ſide of Catton ſtreete up by the Guildhal, and S. Lawrence church in the Iurie is altogether of Chepe ward. Then againe in Chepe more toward the weſt is S. Laurence lane before named, which is all wholie of this warde, and laſt of all is Hony lane, and vppe to the ſtandarde on that North ſide of Chepe, and ſo ſtand the bounds of Chepe ward.

Note on Ward boundaries on Agas Map

The boundaries of Cheap 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

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

Chicago citation

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

APA citation

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

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TEI citation

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