BREAD STREET (WARD OF). One of the 26 wards of London, taking its name from Bread-street, the chief street within the ward. Friday-street and part of Watling-street are within this ward, as are the following places: 1. Gerard's Hall. 2. Church of Allhallows, Bread-street. 3. Church of St. Mildred the Virgin, in Bread-street; and 4. Cordwainers' Hall, in Distaff-lane. The Compter in Bread-street was, in 1555, moved to Wood-street; and the church of St. John the Evangelist, in Friday-street, described by Stow, was destroyed in the Great Fire, and not rebuilt.
Peter Cunningham, Hand-Book of London, 1850