No. 37 Coleman Street Ward

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Coeman Street Ward
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1720: Blome’s Map of Coleman Street Ward and Bassinghall Ward. Image courtesy of British Library Crace Collection. © British Library Board; Maps Crace Port. 8.16

Coleman Street is one of the 25 ancient wards of the City of London and lies on the City’s northern boundary with the London Borough of Islington. (See map).
The ward, which includes land lying on either side of the former city wall, takes its name from a road linking Gresham Street with the London Wall road. The first mention of the Ward appears to have been in 1130, but at that time it was common practice to use the name of the ward Alderman to refer to the ward. In the 1130 survey, Coleman Street Ward is thought to correspond to Warda Haconis.
The Ward contains areas both outside and inside the line of the City’s former defensive walls. There was no local gate through the wall until Moorgate, previously a small postern, was built in 1511. Abraham Cowley‘s 1661 Restoration comedy The Cutter of Coleman Street refers to the area. It appears that the area outside, the once very marshy Lower and Little Moorfields (now mostly occupied by Finsbury Circus and the surrounding buildings), previously part of the Soke of Cripplegate and then the Manor of Finsbury, was added in the 17th century, though it was not developed until 1817.  The Walbrook, known at this point as Deepditch and running on the line of modern Blomfield Street, formed the eastern boundary of Lower Moorfields and the line continues to form the eastern boundary of the part of the ward lying north of the former wall,[7] with the extra-mural ward of Bishopsgate Without lying east of the brook, and the road which now covers it. This section of the Walbrook, around Blomfield Street, was the focus of the phenomena of the Walbrook Skulls, resulting from the immense quantities of Roman-era human heads that were deposited in the river. These are still regularly uncovered during building work.

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Weight 0.0121 kg
Dimensions 25.25 × 32.5 cm