Bishopsgate is one of the 25 wards of the
City of London
City of London and also the
name of a major road (part of the A10) between
Gracechurch Street and
Norton Folgate in the northeast corner of London's main financial
Bishopsgate is named after one of the original eight
gates in the
London Wall. The site of this former gate is marked by a
stone bishop's mitre, fixed high upon a building located at
Bishopsgate's junction with Wormwood Street, by the gardens there and
facing the Heron Tower.
Although tens of thousands of people commute to and work in the ward,
it has a resident population of only 222 (2011).
1 Ward geography
6 See also
8 External links
The ward (which is large by City standards) is bounded by Worship
Street to the north, where the edge of the City meets the boroughs of
Islington and Hackney. It neighbours
Portsoken ward and the borough of
Tower Hamlets in the east. The western boundary is formed by Old Broad
Street and Broad Street ward itself.
Bishopsgate also bounds the wards
Coleman Street (west), Cornhill (southwest)
and Lime Street (south).
Bishopsgate ward straddles the (now former)
line of the Wall and the old gate and is often (even today) divided
into "Within" and "Without" parts, with a deputy (alderman) appointed
for each part.
Since the 1994 (City) and 2003 (ward) boundary changes, almost all of
the ward is Without; only a small area surrounding the Leathersellers'
livery hall remains as
Bishopsgate Within. The ward previously
extended much further south, along the
Bishopsgate road and
Gracechurch Street to meet
Langbourn ward, but in the 2003 changes
much of the Within part was transferred to Cornhill and Lime Street.
No changes to Bishopsgate's ward boundaries occurred in the 2013
Originally Roman, the Bishop's Gate was rebuilt by the Hansa merchants
in 1471 in exchange for
Steelyard privileges. Its final form was
erected in 1735 by the City authorities and demolished in 1760. This
gate often displayed the heads of criminals on spikes.
(which is no longer extant in this sector) divided the ward and road
into an intramural portion called
Bishopsgate Within and an extramural
Bishopsgate Without. The
Bishopsgate thoroughfare forms
part of the A10 and the section to the north of the site of the
original Gate is the start of Roman Ermine Street, also known as the
'Old North Road'.
The parish church for the area of
Bishopsgate Without is St
Botolph-without-Bishopsgate. This is located just to the north of the
original Gate on the west side of the road.
Bishopsgate Within was originally divided into many parishes, each
with its own parish church: St Andrew Undershaft, St Ethelburga
Bishopsgate, St Martin Outwich, St Mary Axe and St Helen's
Bishopsgate, now all amalgamated under the last of these. St Helen's
is a very historic medieval church and former monastic establishment
with many ancient funerary monuments and a stained glass window
William Shakespeare — commemorating a very famous former
parishioner who lived in the area in the early to mid 1590s.
Bishopsgate-Street Ward in 1720.
Bishopsgate was originally the location of many coaching inns which
accommodated passengers setting out on the Old North Road. These,
though they survived the Great Fire of London, have now all been
demolished, though the modern White Hart pub, to the north of St
Botolph's at the junction with Liverpool Street, is the successor of
an inn of the same name. Others included the Dolphin, the Flower Pot,
the Green Dragon, the Wrestlers, the Angel and the Black Bull. The
latter was a venue for the
Queen's Men theatrical troupe in the 16th
The name of an inn called the Catherine Wheel (demolished 1911) is
commemorated by Catherine Wheel Alley which leads off
the east. The 17th century facade of Sir Paul Pindar's House,
demolished to make way for Liverpool Street railway station in 1890,
Bishopsgate was also preserved and can now be seen in the Victoria
and Albert Museum. In the 18th century this grand residence became a
tavern called Sir Paul Pindar's Head; another notable venue was the
London Tavern (1768-1876). Also demolished (but then re-erected in
Chelsea) was the old Crosby Hall, at one time the residence of Richard
III and Thomas More.
Looking north from a pedestrian bridge across
Bishopsgate in 2004.
Bishopsgate is also the site of Dirty Dick's (a pub over 200 years
Bishopsgate Institute, and many offices and skyscrapers.
On 24 April 1993 it was the site of an IRA truck bombing which killed
journalist Ed Henty, injured over 40 people and caused £1 billion
worth of damage, including the destruction of St Ethelburga's
church and damage to the NatWest Tower and Liverpool Street station.
Police had received a coded warning, but were still evacuating the
area at the time of the explosion. The area had already suffered
damage from the Baltic Exchange bombing one year before.
The street is home to the main
London offices of several major banks,
Royal Bank of Scotland
Royal Bank of Scotland and the European Bank for
Reconstruction and Development. Within the ward falls the Broadgate
Looking south from
Norton Folgate down Bishopsgate.
The following are tall buildings and skyscrapers built, under
construction or approved for
Bishopsgate (the street), from north to
Heron Plaza (proposed)
100 Bishopsgate (under construction)
22 Bishopsgate (under construction)
Bishopsgate is one of 25 wards in the City of London, each electing an
Alderman to the Court of Aldermen, and Commoners (the City equivalent
of a councillor) to the
Court of Common Council
Court of Common Council of the City of London
Corporation. Only electors who are Freemen of the
City of London
City of London are
eligible to stand.
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Bishopsgate and the extramural part of
Bishopsgate Street, as shown on
the "Copperplate" map of
London of the 1550s
The bishop's mitre at Bishopsgate's junction with Wormwood Street
London Fire Brigade
London Fire Brigade station on
Bishopsgate (designed by
Robert Pearsall), now a supermarket
The southernmost portion of
Bishopsgate pictured in 1955, looking
north toward the National Provincial Bank
Bas relief on the former National Provincial Bank
From the same building
Overview of another part of the building
Fortifications of London
City of London
City of London ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics.
Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
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^ Wardmote minutes 2010 Archived 9 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
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^ De Baróid, Ciarán (2000). Ballymurphy And The Irish War. Pluto
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Ben Weinreb and
Christopher Hibbert (1983) The
Michael Wood (2003) In Search of Shakespeare. London: BBC Worldwide.
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