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CRIPPLEGATE WARD. The Bounds.
St. Mary Aldermanbury.
St. Mary Magdalen Milkstreet.
A prodigious Shank Bone.
St. Alphage Woodstreet.
St. Albans Woodstreet.
St. Michael in Woodstreet.
The Head of King James IV. buried there.
St. Giles Cripplegate.
The Monuments there.
The Circuit of St. Giles.
Brotherhood of St. Giles.
The Jews Garden.
The Present State of this
THE next Ward is called of Cripplesgate, and consisteth
divers Streets and Lanes, lying as well without the the Gate and Wall of the
City, as within.
For first, within the Wall, on the East part thereof, towards the North, it
runneth to the
West side of Bassings Hall Ward; and towards the South, it joineth to the Ward
It beginneth at the West end of St. Laurence Church in the Jewry, on the North
runneth West to a Pump, where sometime was a Well with two Buckets, at the South
corner of Aldermanbury street. Which Street runneth down North, to Gayspur
so to London Wall. Which Street and Lane, are wholly (on both sides) of this
so be some few Houses (on both the sides) from Gayspur lane, by and against the
the City, East to the Grates, made for the Water-course of the Channels, and
Within the Wall.
Now on the South side, from over against the West end of St. Laurence Church, to
Pump, and then up Milkstreet, South unto Cheape. Which Milkstreet is wholly (on
the sides) of Criplesgate Ward; as also, without the South end of Milkstreet, a
part of West
Cheape; to wit, from the Standard to the Cross, is all of Cripplegate Ward.
great Woodstreet, which is wholly of this Ward on both the sides thereof; so is
Woodstreet, which runneth down to Cripplegate.
From the Standard, to the Cross in Cheape, on the
North side, is of Cripplegate Ward.
Great Wood street.
Out of this Woodstreet be divers Lanes; namely, on the East side is Lad lane,
runneth East to Milkstreet corner. Down lower in Woodstreet, is Love lane,
by the South side of St. Albans Church in Woodstreet, and runneth down to the
Aldermanbury street. Lower down in Woodstreet, is Addle street; out of the
Philip lane down to London Wall. These be the Lanes on the East side.
On the East side, Lad lane.
On the West side of Woodstreet, is Hugen lane, by the South side of St. Michaels
and goeth through to Gutherons lane. Then lower is Maiden lane, which runneth
the North end of Gutherons lane; and up to the said Lane, on the East side
against Kerry lane, and back again. Then the said Maiden lane, on the North
up to Staining lane; and up a part thereof on the East side, to the farthest
North part of
Haberdashers Hall, and back again to Woodstreet. And there lower down is Silver
which is of this Ward, till ye come to the East end of St. Olaves Church on the
and to Monkeswell street on the North side. Then down the said Monkeswel
street, on the
East side thereof, and so to Cripplegate, do make the Bound of this Ward within
On the West side.
Without Cripplegate, Forestreet runneth thwart before the Gate, from against the
of St. Giles Church, along to Moor
lane end; and to a Postern lane end, that runneth betwixt the Town Ditch on the
certain Gardens on the North, almost to Moorgate. At the East end of which
Lane, is a
Pot-makers House: Which House, with all other the Gardens, Houses, and Allies on
side the Moorfields, till ye come unto a Bridge and Cow-house near unto Finsbury
is all of Cripplegate Ward.
Bounds without the Gate.
Of these Moorfields you have formerly read what a moorish rotten Ground they
unpassable, but for Cawsways purposely made to that intent. What they were also
own nearer times of memory, even till Sir Leonard Hallyday was Lord Maior of
am very well assured many do perfectly remember. And what they are now at this
by the honourable Cost and Care of this City, and the industrious Pains and
that worthy Citizen, Mr. Leate, we all (to our continual comfort) do evidently
John Speed, my especial kind Friend, acquainted me with the draught of a Map,
that true Shape and Model, as at the first (by the forenamed Gentleman) they
and laboured with the then Lord Maior, and Court of Aldermen, that the same
been accordingly effected. But how it was prevented, I know not; only I
purposed to have
been at so much Charge, as to have had that Map (in some apt and convenient
in this Book: But that I could not attain thereto; being promised, that at the
I shall have it.
An. 1477. Rafe Joceline then being Lord
Speeds Map of Moorfields.
For the Walks themselves, and continual Care of the City, to have them in that
worthy manner maintained, I am certainly persuaded, that (our thankfulness to
first truly perfomed) they are no mean cause of preserving Health, and wholesome
the City; and such an eternal Honour thereto, as no Iniquity of Time shall be
The Wholsomness of the Walks there.
Here, in Moorfields, is the new Artillery Ground; so called, in distinction from
Artillery Garden, near St. Mary Spittal, where formerly the Artillery Company
Who about the latter end of King James I. his Reign, were determined to remove
and to hold their Trainings and Practice of Arms here; being the third great
Moorgate, next to the six Windmills. Which Field, Mr. Leat, one of the Twenty
with great pains, was divers Years a preparing to that purpose. The Reason of
Remove, was, because now their Meetings and Number, consisted of many more
than the old Ground could well contain; being sometimes 6000. Though,
notwithstanding, they went to the old Artillery, and continued so to do in my