ALDGATE (WARD OF). One of the 26 wards of London, and so called from Aldgate, a gate or postern in the City wall towards the east. General Boundaries. - Bevis Marks and Duke's Place: Crutched Friars: The Minories: St. Mary Axe and Lime-street. Before the Reformation the main feature in the ward was the Priory of the Holy Trinity, called Christ's Church; founded by Matilda, Queen of Herny I. [see Duke's Place] There are three parish churches: 1. St. Catherine Cree, or Christ Church; 2. St. Andrew Undershaft; 3. St. Catherine Coleman; and in Stow's time, there were three Halls of Companies:- 1. The Bricklayers' Hall; 2. The Fletchers' Hall; 3. The Ironmongers' Hall. The East India House is in this ward.
Peter Cunningham, Hand-Book of London, 1850