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Breadstreet Ward

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Breadstreet Ward began in the high street of West Cheape, to wit, on the south side, from the Standard to the great Croffe. Then is also a part of Washeling Street of this Ward, to wit, from over against the Red Lion, on the north side, up almost to Paul's gate, for it lacked but one house of Saint Augustine's Church. And on the south side, from the Red Lion Gate to the Old Exchange; and down the same exchange, on the east side, by the west end of Maiden Lane, or Distar Lane, to Knight-Riders Street, or as they called that part thereof, Old Fish Street. And all the north side of the said Old Fish Street, to the south end of Breadstreet, and by that, still in Knight-Riders Street, till over against the Trinitie Church, and Trinitie Lane.

Breadstreet is so named because it was the primary area of bakers. In 1302, Edward forbade all bakers of selling bread outside of the market at Breadstreet. The street began in West Cheape, almost by the Standard, and ran down south through or thwart Washeling Street, to Knight-Riders Street aforesaid, where it ended.

In 1741, Breadstreet Ward had an alderman, 12 common council men, one of which was a the alderman's deputy, 13 constables, 13 inquest men, 13 scavengers, and a beadle. It contained 331 houses and was divided into 13 precincts. The three upper precincts of St. Mildred contained 29 houses, all of them in the Parish of St. Mildred Breadstreet. The lower precinct of St. Mildred contained 31 houses, 22 of which were in the Parish of St. Mildred Breadstreet and 9 in Holy Trinity.[1]


  1. To the Deputies and Common Council Men of Several Wards in the City of London, John Smart, 1741, accessed online at Google Books.
  • The Survey of London Contayning The Originall, Increase, Moderne Estate, and Government of that City, Printed by Elizabeth Pvrslovv, The Royall Exchange, London, 1633.

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