BILLINGSGATE (WARD OF). One of the 26 wards of London, and so called from a quay or water-gate on the Thames [see Billingsgate.] Boundaries.- N., Little East-cheap and several tenements adjoining; S., The Thames; E., Smart's quay, now Custom-house-stairs; W., Monument-yard and Pudding-lane. Stow enumerates five churches:- St. Botolph, (destroyed in the Fire, and not rebuilt); St. Mary-at-Hill; St. Margaret Pattens; St. Andrew Hubbert, (destroyed in the Fire, and not rebuilt); St. George in Botolph-lane. Off Pudding-lane (to the east) and near Little Eastcheap, is Butcher's Hall. Beckford, father of the author of Vathek, was alderman of this ward.
Peter Cunningham, Hand-Book of London, 1850