Welcome to the website for Broad Street Ward, one of the 25 Wards which make up the City of London, otherwise known as the ‘Square Mile’. The City of London is the world’s oldest continuous democratic workers’ & residents’ co-operative. Since the 7th century these wards have returned officers, originally beadles, then sheriffs, aldermen, councillors, and finally (in 1189) lord mayors.
Each Ward is represented on the Court of Common Council, the decision making body for the City of London Corporation, by an Alderman and Common Councilmen, in Broad Street’s case, three Common Councilmen.
Broad Street ward boundaries are Liverpool Street in the north, Throgmorton Street in the south, Copthall Avenue in the west and Old Broad Street in the east. The heart of the ward is Austin Friars.
The ward area is predominantly business with a smattering of pubs, bars and restaurants.
The Carpenters, Drapers and Furniture Makers livery halls are situated in the ward. The International Bankers have an office within the Furniture Makers’ Hall.
The area has strong historic Dutch connections, as well as strong Church of England connections, and is the principal site for the events surrounding Thomas Cromwell in Hilary Mantel’s best-selling historical novels.
Probably the best way to get to know the Ward is to join the Broad Street Ward Club!
For some interesting historical background – http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=46755 – which shows that the Ward used to encompass additional sites of interest such as the Bank of England, the Stock Exchange, the Merchant Taylors, the Penny Post Office (and telegraph centre), as well as several churches no longer in the Ward. Another good historical link is here – http://www.londonlives.org/static/CityLocalGovernment.jsp
Important Sites in Broad Street Ward
- St Margaret Lothbury – Reverend Prebendary Jeremy Crossley is ever-welcoming to a church with a fascinating history, and do check out the long-running free organ recitals by Dr Richard Townend at 13:10 sharp every Thursday.
- The Dutch Church
- Worshipful Company of Carpenters
- Worshipful Company of Drapers
- Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers
- Worshipful Company of International Bankers
- Worshipful Company of Clockmakers
- Worshipful Company of Plumbers
- Guild of Entrepreneurs
- UK Finance
Sizeable Businesses in Broad Street Ward
- Astbury Marsden
- Baker Botts LLP
- Bingham McCutcheon LLP
- Canaccord Genuity
- Deutsche Bank
- KBC Bank
- Loyens & Loeff
- Rider Levett Bucknall
This website is for the benefit of Ward voters specifically and generally for anyone who takes an interest in the Ward, wishes to learn more about it, or be kept informed of current developments. There is a semi-annual ward newsletter which helps to keep voters and residents up-to-date.
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