Victorian London - Organisations and Public Bodies - City of London - Aldersgate, Ward of

ALDERSGATE (WARD OF). One of the 26 wards of London, and so called from the old City gate of the same name, which stood across the high road between Bull-and-Mouth-street and Little Britain. This ward is divided into two distinct portions - Aldersgate Within and Aldersgate Without. Thus, St. Martin's-le-Grand lies within the gate, and Aldersgate-street without the gate. General Boundaries - Aldersgate Bars, in Goswell-street ("a a pair of posts" in Stow's time) : the General Post Office. Stow enumerates six churches in this ward:- St. John Zachary; St. Mary Staning; St. Olave, in Silver-street; St. Leonard, in Foster-lane; St. Anne within Aldersgate; St. Botolph without Aldersgate. The first four were destroyed in the Great Fire, and not rebuilt: the last two alone remain. Little Britain and Goldsmith's Hall are in this ward.

Peter Cunningham, Hand-Book of London, 1850