Bridge Without Ward


Bridge Without Ward or the Borough of Southwark is located outside of the Wall south of the Thames. The ward, like Bridge Within Ward, is named after London Bridge.

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Watercolour painting of the alderman and deputy in charge of Bridge Without Ward by Hugh Alley. Image courtesy of the Folger Digital Image Collection.
Watercolour painting of the alderman and deputy in charge of Bridge Without 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).
HAuing treated of Wardes in London, on the North ſide of the Thames (in number 25.) I am now to croſſe ouer the ſaid Riuer into the Borough of Southwark, which is alſo a Warde of London, without the walles,¦on the South ſide thereof, as is Portſoken on the Eaſt, and Faringdon extra on the Weſt.
This Borough being in the County of Surrey, conſiſteth of diuers ſtreetes, wayes, and winding lanes, all full of buildings, inhabited: and firſt to begin at the WEſt part thereof, ouer againſt the weſt Suburbe of the Citie.
On the banke of the Riuer Thames there is now a continuall building of tenements, about halfe a mile in length to the bridge. Then from the Bridge ſtraight towards the South a continuall ſtreete, called long Southwarke, builded on both ſides with diuers lanes and alleyes up to S. Georges church, and beyond it through Blackman ſtréete towardes New Town (or Newington) the liberties of which Borough extend almoſt to the parriſh Church of New town aforeſaid, diſtant one mile from London Bridge, and alſo ſouthweſt a continuall building, almoſt to Lambeth more then one mile from the ſaid bridge.
Then from the bridge along by the Thames Eaſtwarde, is ſaint Olaues ſtreet hauing continuall building on both the ſides, with lanes and alleyes up to Battle bridge, to Horſedowne, and towardes Rother hith: alſo ſome good halfe mile in length from London bridge.
So that I account the whole continual buildings on the banke of the ſaid riuer, from the weſt towardes the eaſt to be more then a large mile in length.
Then haue ye from the entering towards the ſaid Horſedown one other continuall ſtreete called Bermondes eye ſtreete, which ſtretcheth ſouth, likewiſe furniſhed with buildinges on both ſides, almoſt halfe a mile in length, up to the late diſſolued Monaſterie of S. Sauiour called Bermondſey. And from thence is one long lane (ſo called of the length) turning weſt to ſaint Georges church afore named. Out of the which lane mentioned Long lane breaketh one other ſtreete towardes the ſouth and by eaſt, and this is called Kentiſh ſtreete for that is the way leading into that countrie: and ſo haue you the bounds of this Borough.

Note on Ward boundaries on Agas Map

Ward boundaries drawn on the Agas map are approximate. The Agas map does not lend itself well to georeferencing or georectification, which means that we have not been able to import the raster-based or vector-based shapes that have been generously offered to us by other projects. We have therefore used our drawing tools to draw polygons on the map surface that follow the lines traced verbally in the opening paragraph(s) of each ward chapter in the Survey. Read more about the cartographic genres of the Agas map.


  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. Bridge Without Ward. The Map of Early Modern London, Edition 7.0, edited by Janelle Jenstad, U of Victoria, 05 May 2022,

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Zabel, Jamie. Bridge Without Ward. The Map of Early Modern London, Edition 7.0. Ed. Janelle Jenstad. Victoria: University of Victoria. Accessed May 05, 2022.

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Zabel, J. 2022. Bridge Without Ward. In J. Jenstad (Ed), The Map of Early Modern London (Edition 7.0). Victoria: University of Victoria. Retrieved from

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