infobox UK place
official_name= Ward of Portsoken
map_type= Greater London
country= England
region= London
london_borough= City of London
post_town= LONDON
postcode_area= E
postcode_district= E1
dial_code= 020
constituency_westminster = Cities of London and Westminster

Portsoken is a historical district in the City of London, located outside the former London Wall, on the eastern part of the City, near Aldgate. It remains one of the twenty-five wards of the City. Aldgate and Tower wards lie to the west, and its eastern boundary is delineated by Middlesex Street, in Whitechapel. To the north, the boundary meets Bishopsgate and Spitalfields. To the south, the liberties of the Mint.


In 1120, or 1121 (the exact date is unknown), Portsoken was granted as a liberty to the Priory of Holy Trinity, which had been founded in 1107 by Queen Matilda, the wife of King Henry I. The Prior of Holy Trinity became, "ex officio", an alderman of the City of London Corporation representing Portsoken ward, and remained so until the Dissolution of the Monasteries by King Henry VIII in 1531. [p45, Inwood, Stephen, "A History of London" (Macmillan, 1998), ISBN 0-333-67154-6]

In 1332, a tax assessment showed twenty-three taxpayers in Portsoken ward; however, this figure consisted only of freemen of the City of London who possessed moveable property worth more than ten shillings, and so did not include the poor, non-citizens, or members of religious orders. [p61, Inwood, Stephen, "A History of London" (Macmillan, 1998), ISBN 0-333-67154-6] A later subsidy roll from 1582 showed that the ward's taxpayers had been assessed to pay a total of 57 pounds, 11 shillings and 4 pence. [ [http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?compid=36141 1582 London Subsidy Rolls] , British History Online]


Portsoken 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 of the City of London Corporation. Only electors who are Freeman of the City of London are eligible to stand.

In the elections held in 2003, the members elected for Portsoken ward were Michael Bear, Alfred Dunitz and Brian John Lee. [ [http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/Corporation/media_centre/files_archive/24_03.htm Portsoken Ward elections] , 30 January 2003, City of London Corporation website]

Peter Levene (Lord Mayor of the City of London 1998-9) adopted the title "Baron Levene of Portsoken", on his elevation to the peerage, in 1989.


ee also

*City of London

External links

* [http://mapoflondon.uvic.ca/render_page.php?id=PORT1&title=Portsoken/ Map of Early Modern London: Portsoken Ward] - Historical Map and Encyclopedia of Shakespeare's London (Scholarly)

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