Survey of London (1633): The City Divided into Parts

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The Citie divided into parts.
Having thus in a generality handled the Original, the Wals,
Gates, Ditches, and fresh Waters; the Bridges, Towers and Castles; the
Schooles of Learning, and Houses of Law; the Orders and Customes, Sports
and Pastimes, Watchings and Martiall Exercises; and lastly, the honour
and worthinesse of the Citizens: I am now to set downe the distribution of
this Citie into Parts; and more especially, to declare the Antiquities (note
worthy) in every of the same: and how both the whole and parts have bin
(from time to time) ruled and governed.
THe ancient division
of this Citie,
The Citie of London divided from East to west, in
to a South halfe and a North halfe.
was in
to Wards or Alder
manries: and there
fore I will beginne
at the East, and so
proceed thorow the
high and most principall street of the
Citie to the West, after this manner:
First, through Aldgate street, to the
West corner of Saint Andrews Church,
called Vndershaft
, on the right hand, and
Limestreet corner on the left; all which is
of Aldgate Ward. From thence through
Cornehill street, to the West corner of
Leaden-hall; all which is of Limestreet
. From thence, leaving the street
that leadeth to Bishopsgate on the right
hand, and the way that leadeth into
Grasse-street on the left, still through
Cornehill street, by the Conduit, to the
West corner against the Stockes; all
which is in Cornehill Ward.
The Stocks market the midst of the Ci
Then by
the said Stockes (a Market-place both
of Fish and Flesh, standing in the midst
of the Citie) through the Poultry, (a
street so called, to the great Conduit in
West Cheape, and so through Cheape to
the Standard, which is of Cheape Ward,
except on the South side from Bow-lane
to the said Standard, which is of Cord
Ward. Then by the Stan
dard to the great Crosse, which is in
Creplegate Ward on the North side, and
in Breadstreet Ward on the South side:
and to the little Conduit by Pauls gate,
from whence (of old time) the said high
street stretched straight on to Ludgate,
all in the Ward of Farringdon within,
then divided truely from East to West:
but since,
S. Pauls Church burned in the Con
querour time.
by meanes of the burning of
Pauls Church, which was in the reigne
of William the first, Mauricius, then Bi
shop of London, laid the foundation of a
new Church, so farre in largenesse ex
ceeding the old, that the way towards
Ludgate was thereby greatly straight
ned, as before I have discoursed.
Now, from the North to the South,
The Citie divided frō north to south, into an east halfe & a west halfe.

this Citie was (of old time) divided,
not by a large highway or street, as from
East to West, but by a faire Brooke of
sweet water, which came from out the
North Fields, through the Wall and
midst of the Citie, into the River of
Thames, and which division is (till this
day) constantly and without change
maintained. This water was called (as
I have said) Walbrooke;
The course of Wal
, and reason of the name.
not Gallus brook,
of a Romane Captaine, slaine by Ascle
, and throwne therein, as some
have fabuled; but of running through
and from the Wall of this Citie. The
course whereof, (to prosecute it parti
cularly) was and is from the said Wall,
to Saint Margarets Church in Lothbu
; from thence, beneath the lower part
of the Grocers Hall, about the East part
of their Kitchen, under Saint Mildreds
Church, somewhat West from the said
Stockes Market: from thence, through
Buckles berry, by one great house buil
ded of stone and Timber, called the old
Barge; because Barges out of the River
of Thames were then rowed up so farre
into this Brooke, on the backe-side of
the houses in Walbrooke street, (which
street taketh name of the said Brooke)
By the West end of S. Iohns Church
upon Walbrooke, under Horshooe Bridge,

The Citie divided into parts.

by the West side of Tallow-Chandlers
Hall, and of the Skinners Hall, and so
behind the other houses to Elbow lane,
and by a part thereof, downe Greene
witch lane
, into the River of Thames.
This is the course of Walbrooke,
The course of VVal
ched over.
was (of old time) bridged over in divers
places, for passage of horses and men, as
need required: but since, by meanes of
encrochment on the banks thereof, the
channel being greatly straightned, and
other annoyances done thereunto, at
length the same (by common consent)
was arched over with bricke, and paved
with stone, equall with the ground,
where-through it passed, and is now in
most places builded upon, that no man
may by the eye discerne it; and there
fore the trace thereof is hardly knowne
to the common people.
This Citie being thus divided from
East to West,
This City divided intowards
and from North to
South; I am now further to shew, how
the same was (of old time) broken into
divers parts, called Wards, whereof
more than foure hundred
yeeres since, writeth thus: This Citie
(saith he) even as Rome, is divided into
Wards: it hath yeerely Sheriffes, in stead
of Consuls: It hath the dignity of Senators
in Aldermen, &c
The number of these Wards in Lon
Wards in London 25. Patent Record.
were both before and in the reigne
of Henry the third, 25. in all: whereof
13. lay on the East side of the said Wal
, and 11. on the West. Notwith
standing, these 11. grew much more
large than those on the East: and ther
fore in the yeere of Christ, 1393. the
seventeenth of Richard the second, Fa
Ward, which was then one en
tire Ward, but mightily increased of
buildings without the gates; was by
Parliament appointed to be divided in
to twaine, and to have two Aldermen,
to wit, Faringdon within, and Faringdon
without, which made up the number
of twelve Wards on the West side of
Walbrooke, and so came the whole num
ber of 25. on both sides.
Wards in London 26.
Moreover, in the yeere 1550. the Mai
or, Communalty, and Citizens of Lon
, purchasing the liberties of the Bur
rough of Southwarke, appointed the
same to be a Ward of London; and so
became the number of thirteene wards
on the East, twelve on the West, and
one South the River Thames, in the said
Borough of Southwarke, in the County
of Surrey;
VVards in London and the Borough of South
warke, 26
which in all arise to the num
ber of 26. Wards, and 26. Aldermen
of London to governe them.

Wards on the East part of Walbrook are these:

1. Portsoken ward,
Names of wards in London.
without the
2. Towerstreet ward.
3. Ealdgate ward.
4. Limestreet ward.
5. Bishopsgate ward, within the
wals, and without.
6. Broadstreet ward.
7. Cornehill ward.
8. Langbourne ward.
9. Billingsgate ward.
10. Bridge ward within.
11. Candlewike-street ward.
12. Walbrooke ward.
13. Downgate ward.

Wards on the West side of Walbrook are these:

14. Vintry ward.
15. Cordwainer-street ward.
16. Cheape ward.
17. Colman-street ward.
18. Bassings-Hall ward.
19. Creplegate ward, within and
20. Aldersgate ward, within and
21. Faringdon ward within.
22. Breadstreet ward.
23. Queene Hith ward.
24. Castle Baynard ward.
25. Faringdon ward without the
One ward is south the River of Thames
in the Burrough of Southwarke, by the
name of,
26. Bridge ward without.

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Stow, John, Anthony Munday, Anthony Munday, and Humphrey Dyson. Survey of London (1633): The City Divided into Parts. The Map of Early Modern London, Edition 7.0, edited by Janelle Jenstad, U of Victoria, 05 May 2022, Draft.

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Stow, John, Anthony Munday, Anthony Munday, and Humphrey Dyson. Survey of London (1633): The City Divided into Parts. The Map of Early Modern London, Edition 7.0. Ed. Janelle Jenstad. Victoria: University of Victoria. Accessed May 05, 2022. Draft.

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Stow, J., Munday, A., Munday, A., & Dyson, H. 2022. Survey of London (1633): The City Divided into Parts. In J. Jenstad (Ed), The Map of Early Modern London (Edition 7.0). Victoria: University of Victoria. Retrieved from Draft.

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