- Castle Baynard
infobox UK place
official_name= Ward of Castle Baynard
map_type= Greater London
london_borough= City of London
constituency_westminster = Cities of London and Westminster
Castle Baynard Ward, one of 25 within the
City of London, a self-governing enclavewithin the capital of the United Kingdomis an irregular shaped area, somewhat akin to a tuning fork [ [http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/Corporation/about_us/voting/wards/ward_boundaries_map.htm Ward boundaries in context] ] bounded on the east by the wards of Queenhitheand Bread Street, the River Thamesto the south and Farringdon Withoutto the north and west. Major landmarks within the ward include Blackfriars Bridge, HMS "President" and St Pauls Cathedral. In addition the area contains St Bride’s, Fleet Street, a church Betjeman described as “ magnificent, even by the exalted standards of Sir Christopher Wren” ["Sovereign City of London Churches", Betjeman,J. : Pitkin, Andover, 1967 (rpnt 1992) ISBN 0853725659] and St Andrew Wardrobe.In former times the ward also contained a church, known as St. Mary Magdalen Old Fish Street, which burnt down in 1886 and was not rebuilt ["Vanished churches of the City of London" Huelin, G.: London, Guildhall Library Publishing 1996 ISBN 0900422424 ] and its own charitable foundation,Castle Baynard Ward School [ [http://www.history.ac.uk/gh/18iii.htm Guildhall library records] ] . The ward derives its name from Baynard's Castle["Book 2, Ch. 14-Castle Baynard Ward", in "A New History of London: Including Westminster and Southwark": Noorthouck, J. : London, R.Baldwin & Co 1773] which existed here from the Norman Conquestuntil it was burnt down during the Great Fire of London["A Dictionary of London", Harben, H.A: Herbert Jenkins,London,1922] . Today the ward is possibly the busiest in an exceptionally concentrated area of commercial and tourist activity [ [http://www.cityoflondon.police.uk/CityPolice/SaferCityWards/YourCityWard/Wards/castlebaynard.htm City Police Overview] ] , but still retains its own distinct identity [ [http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/corporation/committees/ward/ward_newsletters/10.pdf Ward newsletter] ] .
Castle Baynard is one of 25 wards in the City of London, each electing an
Alderman, to the Court of Aldermenand Commoners(the City equivalent of a Councillor) to the Court of Common Councilof the City of London Corporation. Only electors who are Freeman of the City of Londonare eligible to stand.
* [http://mapoflondon.uvic.ca/render_page.php?id=CAST2&title=Castle%20Baynard/ Map of Early Modern London: Castle Baynard Ward] - Historical Map and Encyclopedia of Shakespeare's London (Scholarly)
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