No. 34 Cheap Ward Volunteer


1720: Blome’s Map of Cheap Ward. Image courtesy of Yale University Library. Call No. 1977 +392 Source: University of Victoria, Canada.

PRIME & LOAD [3rd priming motion]  (see original 1798 description below)
Cheap is a small ward in the City of London. It stretches west to east from King Edward Street, the border with Farringdon Within ward, to Old Jewry, which adjoins Walbrook; and north to south from Gresham Street, the border with Aldersgate and Bassishaw wards, to Cheapside, the boundary with Cordwainer and Bread Street wards. The name Cheap derives from the Old English word “chep” for “market”. The following roads run north to south across the ward: St. Martin’s Le Grand,[2] Foster Lane, Gutter Lane, Wood StreetMilk StreetKing Street, and Ironmonger Lane. Within its boundaries are two Anglican churches: St Vedast Foster Lane[ and St Lawrence Jewry a third church, St Mildred, Poultry, was demolished in 1872. Several Livery Halls are located in Cheap, including those of the Mercers’Goldsmiths’Wax Chanders’ and Saddlers’ Companies. A small part of the Guildhall lies within the ward’s boundaries: the main entrance and main hall itself; the remainder is in Bassishaw. Also within Cheap are the Lord Mayor’s and City of London Court and the southern end of Basinghall Street.

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Original Description of the unit from 1798:
THE Proprietor, with all due respect, begs leave to observe, that he is pre-  vented, by the following letter, from communicating to the Public the principles by which the Members of the Cheap Ward Association were united:
“ Sir,  “ I am directed to communicate to you, that the Committee of  “ the Cheap Ward Association have taken your letter (requesting  “ answers to several questions respecting the regulations of the  “ Corps) into consideration: It was resolved, that it was not necessary to answer the same.
“I have the honour to be,
“ Sir,
“ Your obedient Servant,
“ SAMUEL CULME WEST, Secretary.”  “
“Bucklersbury,  “
“May 10th, 1799.”

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Weight 0.0121 kg
Dimensions 25.25 × 32.5 cm


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