Cordwainer (ward)
St Mary-le-Bow

Coordinates: 51°30′46″N 0°05′36″W / 51.51285°N 0.09324°W / 51.51285; -0.09324

Ward of Cordwainer
Ward of Cordwainer is located in Greater London
Ward of Cordwainer

 Ward of Cordwainer shown within Greater London
OS grid reference TQ323811
Sui generis City of London
Administrative area Greater London
Region London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LONDON
Postcode district EC2
Dialling code 020
Police City of London
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament Cities of London and Westminster
London Assembly City and East
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A statue of a cordwainer in the ward

Cordwainer is a small ward[1] in the City of London, England. It is named after the Cordwainers,[2] the professional shoemakers who historically lived and worked in this particular area of London; there is a City livery company (a guild) for the trade — the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers. The ward is sometimes referred to as the "Cordwainers' ward".

It is bounded[3] to the north by Cheapside (the boundary with Cheap Ward), to the west by the eponymous Bread Street (Ward), to the south by Cannon Street (Vintry Ward) and to the east, Wallbrook (ward). Within its boundaries are, amongst others, Bow Lane, Budge Row, Pancras Lane and part of Watling Street. Queen Street runs north-south through the centre of the ward.



In mediaeval times the ward was divided into eight precincts.[4] These were

  • St. Mary, Aldermary, upper and lower
  • Allhallows, Bread Street
  • St. Mary-le-Bow
  • St. Antholin, upper and lower
  • St. Pancras
  • St. Bennet, Sherehog and St. John
  • St. Thomas the Apostle
  • Trinity[5]

Modern day

Today it is home to many large businesses and new initiatives such as Bow Bells House,[6] named after the bells of St Mary-le-Bow [7] due for completion at the end of 2007. The ward contains one other church (St Mary Aldermary) and the site of Antholin’s Budge Row, demolished in 1875.[8] Cordwainer Ward is quite distinctive for its high number of licensed premises, but in addition has its own club[9] dedicated to promoting the area positively.[10]


Cordwainer is one of twenty-five wards in the City of London, each electing an alderman to the Court of Aldermen and Commoners (the City equivalent of a councillor elected to the Court of Common Council of the City of London Corporation.) Only electors who are Freemen of the City of London are eligible to stand for election.


  1. ^ Ward Map
  2. ^ Chambers Dictionary 9th Edition (2003) p335 ISBN 0-550-10105-5
  3. ^ City of London Police Force description
  4. ^ Book 2, Ch. 17: Cordwainer Ward , A New History of London: Including Westminster and Southwark (1773), pp. 597-600 25 September 2007
  5. ^ Thomas Allen, The City of London and Parts Adjacent: Volume 3
  6. ^ Details of Project
  7. ^ and not as sometimes thought, the area of Bow in the East End
  8. ^ Vanished Churches of the City of London Huelin,G: Guildhall Library Publishing, London, 1996 ISBN ISBN 0-900422-42-4
  9. ^ Club Website
  10. ^ Ward Newsletter

External links

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  • Cordwainer Ward —    One of the twenty six wards of London, lying between Vintry Ward south, Cheap Ward north, Bread Street Ward west, and Cheap Ward and Walbrook Ward east.    First mention: Ward of Cordewanerstrate, c. 1285 (Cal. L. Bk. A. p. 209).    It was… …   Dictionary of London

  • Cordwainer — This article is about the occupation; for the science fiction writers, see Cordwainer Smith and Cordwainer Bird. Cordwainer statue on Watling street, in the Cordwainer ward of the City of London. A cordwainer (or cordovan) is a shoemaker/cobbler… …   Wikipedia

  • Vintry Ward —    One of the twenty six wards of the City to the west of the Walbrook on the bank of the Thames, extending north to Cordwainer Ward, and bounded on the east by Dowgate Ward and on the west by Queenhithe Ward.    First mention: 1285 (Cal. L. Bk.… …   Dictionary of London

  • Bread Street Ward —    One of the twenty six wards of the City, bounded on the north by Cripplegate and Farringdon Wards Within, south by Queenhithe Ward, west by Castle Ward, east by Cordwainer Ward.    First mention: 1285 (Cal. L. Bk. A. p. 209).    Mentioned in… …   Dictionary of London

  • Cheap (ward) — St Vedast, a familiar Cheap landmark Coordinates …   Wikipedia

  • Cheap Ward —    One of the twenty six wards of the City, bounded on the north by Bassishaw Ward, south by Cordwainer, west by Cripplegate, and east by Coleman Street, Cornhill and Walbrook Wards.    Earliest mention: Warda fori, c. 1125 30 (MS. D. and C. St.… …   Dictionary of London

  • Broad Street (ward) — Coordinates: 51°30′58″N 0°05′06″W / 51.5161°N 0.085°W / 51.5161; 0.085 …   Wikipedia

  • Dowgate Ward —    One of the twenty six wards of the City, lying between Walbrook Ward north, Candlewick and Bridge Within Wards east, and Vintry Ward west, and extending south down to the river.    First mention: Warda de Douegate, 3 Ed. I. (Rot. Hund. I. 421) …   Dictionary of London

  • Walbrook Ward —    One of the twenty six wards of the City lying between Cheap, Broad Street, and Cornhill Wards north, Langbourne and Candlewick Wards east, Dowgate Ward south, and Cordwainer and Vintry Wards west.    Earliest mention: Warda do Walebrok, 3 Ed.… …   Dictionary of London

  • Queenhithe Ward —    One of the twenty six wards of the City, by the riverside, bounded on the north by Bread Street and Cordwainer Wards, east by Vintry Ward, west by Castle Baynard Ward, and on the south by the river.    First mention: 1289 (Cal. L. Bk. A.… …   Dictionary of London

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