No. 57 Walbrook Ward Volunteer
PRESENT [as a rear rank]
Walbrook is a City ward and a minor street in its vicinity. The ward is named after a river of the same name. (see maps – click to enlarge). The ward of Walbrook contains two of the City’s most notable landmarks: the Bank of England and the Mansion House. The street runs between Cannon Street and Bank junction, though vehicular traffic can only access it via Bucklersbury, a nearby side-road off Queen Victoria Street. A street called Walbrook runs along the lower part of the brook’s course. A valley is clearly visible; this can be seen most clearly at the junction of Walbrook and Cannon Street. On the street is the church of St Stephen Walbrook, which originally stood on the west bank of the stream, but was rebuilt around 1439 on the east side. In 1666 the church was destroyed in the Great Fire of London; Christopher Wren built a new church there in 1672, which still stands, to replace it. The Bank of England and the Mansion House, the official residence of the Lord Mayor, are both situated in Walbrook ward, as is the historic London Stone (the latter situated on Cannon Street).
Walbrook is one of 25 wards in the City of London, each electing an Alderman and Commoners (the City equivalent of a Councillor) to the Court of Common Council of the City of London Corporation. Only electors who are Freemen of the City of London are eligible to stand.
Original Description of the unit from 1798:
WALBROOK WARD ASSOCIATION.
CAPTAIN, ALDERMAN CADELL.
THIS Association was formed June 1798, under Alderman Cadell, to protect the City and its Dependencies, but that Gentleman having given in his Resignation, the affairs of the Corps will be best explained by the following Letter:
Walbrook Ward Association,
Royal Exchange Division of London Volunteers.
“ To the Honourable the Court of Lieutenancy for the City of London,
“ I am desired by the Committee of this Association to state to
“ your Honourable Court, that an alteration in the Officers having
“ been occasioned by the Resignation of Mr. Alderman Cadell,
“ their late worthy Captain, they beg leave to recommend as their
“ PRESENT OFFICERS,
“ Captain, James Cooper, Esq.
” Lieutenant, Mr. Henry Fourdrinier.
“ Ensign, Mr. Henry Clutterbuck.
“ And the Committee request as a favour, that the necessary
” measures may be immediately taken for their Commissions to be
“ I remain, Gentlemen,
“ Your obedient humble Servant,
“ MOY THOMAS, Secretary.
“ June 15th, 1799.”
Helmets; WALBROOK WARD ASSOCIATION.
Ornament on ditto, Garter and Crown. Breastplate; City Arms, Buttons; WV. W. A. in cypher. Half Gaiters.
Place of Arms, Sadler’s Hall Gardens.
The Corps consists of about 80, have no Colours yet, and joined to Dowgate, &c. &c.
|Dimensions||25.5 × 32.5 cm|
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