Billingsgate Ward
   1) One of the twenty-six wards of the City fronting the river, and extending west from Tower Ward to London Bridge.
   Earliest mention: "Ward of Wolmar de Essex of 'Billingesgate,'" 1277, 5 Ed, I. (Cal. L. Bk. B. p. 262).
   See Wards.
   The ward of Wolmar de Essex is mentioned in the Hundred Rolls (3 Ed. I. I. p. 415).
   Named after the gate or port (q.v.).
   There were a great number of foreigners in the ward in Stow's time, being 51 households, whereas 30 years before there were only about 3 foreigners (Netherlanders) in the whole ward (S. 209). The poor suffered in consequence, as the foreigners did not contribute to their maintenance, as other citizens did (ib.).
   The Fire of London began in this ward at Pudding Lane, and in a few hours the ward was wholly destroyed.
   There were five parish churches : St. Mary at Hill, St. Margaret Pattens, St. Andrew Hubbert, St. George, Botolph Lane, St. Botolph's Billingsgate. Now two only : St. Mary at Hill, St. Margaret Pattens.
   There were also in the ward the Dock and the Market, which gave it considerable importance.
   2) One of the twenty-six wards of the City fronting the river, and extending west from Tower Ward to London Bridge.
   Earliest mention: "Ward of Wolmar de Essex of 'Billingesgate,'" 1277, 5 Ed, I. (Cal. L. Bk. B. p. 262).
   See Wards.
   The ward of Wolmar de Essex is mentioned in the Hundred Rolls (3 Ed. I. I. p. 415).
   Named after the gate or port (q.v.).
   There were a great number of foreigners in the ward in Stow's time, being 51 households, whereas 30 years before there were only about 3 foreigners (Netherlanders) in the whole ward (S. 209). The poor suffered in consequence, as the foreigners did not contribute to their maintenance, as other citizens did (ib.).
   The Fire of London began in this ward at Pudding Lane, and in a few hours the ward was wholly destroyed.
   There were five parish churches : St. Mary at Hill, St. Margaret Pattens, St. Andrew Hubbert, St. George, Botolph Lane, St. Botolph's Billingsgate. Now two only : St. Mary at Hill, St. Margaret Pattens.
   There were also in the ward the Dock and the Market, which gave it considerable importance.

A Dictionary of London. . 1918.

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