No. 25 Bishopsgate Volunteer


Crace Collection of Maps of London > This plan was published in William Maitland’s ‘History of London from its Foundation to the Present Time’. The map’s title features in ornamental cartouche near top right, with the arms of dedicatee Matthew Blakiston, the ward’s Alderman, at top left. An illustrated view of St Ethelburga’s church is at bottom left, with Great St Hellen’s church at bottom right. The compass star and scale bar appear at bottom centre. From the Crace Maps of London Collection; © of the British Library Board

HANDLE ARMS  (see original 1798 description below)
Bishopsgate (see map) was one of the eastern gates in London’s former defensive wall. The gate gave its name to the Bishopsgate Ward of the City of London. The ward is traditionally divided into Bishopsgate Within, inside the line wall, and Bishopsgate Without beyond it. Bishopsgate Without is described as part of London’s East End. The ancient boundaries of the City wards were reviewed in 1994 and 2013, so that the wards no longer correspond very closely to their historic extents. Bishopsgate Without gained a significant part of Shoreditch from the London Borough of Hackney, while nearly all of Bishopsgate Within was transferred to other wards.

Bishopsgate is also the name of part of the originally Roman Ermine Street (now the A10) within the traditional extent of the Ward.

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Original Description of the unit from 1799:
No. XXV.
This Corps was formed the 1st of May, 1798, under Alderman Sir Richard  Glynn, and consists of two Companies, and in expectation of getting a third.  They are all Infantry, and joined with Broadstreet, Portsoken, and Cripplegate Ward Associations. They received their Colours the 18th of October,  1798, in the East India Company’s Drill Ground: their number about 140.
Majors, William Lennox, Robert Wigram. Captains, William Blizard, James Amos.  Lieutenants, Mr. John Jacob Battier, Mr. John Dueffell.  Ensigns, Mr. Thomas Davis, Mr. David Da’ Silva.
The Bishopsgate Volunteers have a Committee for conducting their military affairs, before whom every Member of the Corps is obliged to declare,  upon his being admitted a Volunteer, that he will be firmly attached to the  Constitution; and that he will give up the Arms received from his Majesty  when called upon for that purpose; that he will protect the Peace of the  City, and the Lives and Property of his Fellow-citizens.  To the great honour of this Ward, on the first forming of the Corps, they  raised the sum of £1752. 10s. 10d.; and their disbursements for equipping  were, in a very short space,  £1808. 1s. which must at once shew the great  assiduity and liberality of the Bishopsgate Volunteers.
Helmet; Label, BISHOPSGATE VOLUNTEERS; ornament on dittto, Garter  and Crown.
Breastplate, oval; Crown, and B. V. in cypher.
Buttons, same as Breast-plate.
Whole Gaiters.

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Weight 0.0121 kg
Dimensions 25.25 × 32.5 cm


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