No. 69 Billingsgate Association


PRESENT ARMS from Mourn Arms 2nd motion  (see original 1799 description below)

Billingsgate Ward and Bridge Ward Within with their Divisions into Parishes According to a new Survey. Map of the London wards, with inset views of St Mary at Hill and St Botolph, or St George, Botolph Lane; two coats of arms on the left; illustration to Maitland’s ‘The History of London’. 1756 Etching and engraving. Courtesy of the British Museum by Iain Laird on 9th October 2022).

Billingsgate is one of the 25 Wards of the City of London. Its name derives from being the City’s original water gate, and this small City Ward is situated on the north bank of the River Thames between London Bridge and Tower Bridge in the south-east of the Square Mile.  See map attached (click on it to expand).  The modern Ward extends south to the Thames, west to Lovat Lane and Rood Lane, north to Fenchurch Street and Dunster Court, and east to Mark Lane and St Dunstan’s Hill. The Ward at the end of the eighteenth century is shown in the attached map (click on it to expand). Until boundary changes in 2003, the Ward included Pudding Lane where in 1666 the Great Fire of London started. Billingsgate Fish Market was formally established by an Act of Parliament in 1699 to be “a free and open market for all sorts of fish whatsoever”. Orangeslemons, and Spanish onions were also landed there, alongside the other main commodities, coal and salt. In 1849, the fish market was moved off the streets into its own riverside building, which was subsequently demolished (c. 1873) and replaced by an arcaded-market hall (designed by City architect Horace Jones, built by John Mowlem) in 1875. In 1982, Billingsgate Fish Market was relocated to its present location close to Canary Wharf in east London. The original riverside market building was then refurbished by the architect Richard Rogers to provide office accommodation and an entertainment venue.

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Original Description of the unit from  1799:
This Association was formed in May 1798, for the special purpose of protecting their own Property against Depredators, of preserving the Tranquillity of the City, and assisting the Chief Magistrate when called for.  They have a Committee formed of the Ward, and of their Military Associators: the Place of Arms is Fishmongers’ Hall; the Corps consists of  about 60 Rank and File, making only one Company. They have no Colours  at present, and are joined by the Tower, Bridge, and Aldgate Wards.
Captain, John Roebuck.  Lieutenant, Theophilus Hearsy; Ensign, Thomas Eageley.
Helmet; Label, BILLINGSGATE ASSOCIATION.  Breastplate, square; B. W. A. in cypher, and the Crown. Cartouch, a Star.  Buttons; B.W. A. cypher. Whole Gaiters.


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Weight 0.0121 kg
Dimensions 25.5 × 32.5 cm


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