No. 66 Tower Ward Association


1720: Blome’s Map of Tower Street Ward. Image courtesy of British Library Crace Collection. © British Library Board; Maps Crace Port. 8.37.

MOURN ARMS [2nd Motion] (see original 1799 description below)
Tower is one of the 25 wards of the City of London and takes its name from its proximity to the Tower of London. The ward covers the area of the City that is closest to the Tower.  (see maps attached – click to enlarge). Prior to boundary changes in 2003, Tower contained all of Great Tower Street and historically was known as “Tower Street” ward. John Leake‘s 1667 map of the City refers to it as “Tower Street Ward”, as does a 1755 map of the ward. However, it lost much ground to neighbouring Billingsgate ward in a 2003 review of ward boundaries, including nearly all of Great Tower Street. It did though gain land to the north of the Tower of London, including Minories. Despite its name, the Tower of London has never formed part of the ward or, for that matter, of the wider City of London; it is actually located within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Furthermore, Tower Bridge does not fall within the City or Tower ward’s boundaries, although the bridge does use the City’s logo as it was built by the Bridge House Estates. Two notable churches are located within Tower ward. All Hallows-by-the-Tower on Byward Street was the church from which Samuel Pepys famously watched the Great Fire of London unfold in September 1666. St Olave Hart Street was remarked by John Betjeman as a country church in the middle of the busiest city on earth. St Dunstan-in-the-East, on St Dunstan’s Hill, was largely destroyed during the Blitz of World War II; its ruins and grounds are now a public garden. Other buildings of note include the old London Corn Exchange (now offices) on Mark Lane, the former Port of London Authority headquarters on Trinity Square (the PLA maintains an office nearby on Harp Lane), and the livery hall of the Worshipful Company of Bakers on Harp Lane. Fenchurch Street railway station and Tower Gateway DLR station are situated within the ward. It also contains some notable streets such as MinoriesPepys Street, where the diarist once lived; Savage Gardens, named after Sir Thomas Savage Bt who lived there during the 17th century; Crutched Friars, named after the religious order of the same name whose Italian branch settled there in the 13th century; and America Square, which dates to the 18th century and was dedicated to the American colonies.

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THIS Association was first formed in May, 1798, under William Curtis, support the Chief Magistrate of the City of London in the execution of hisDuty, to protect their own Property, and to bring to punishment the intemalenemies of His Majesty and the Constitution. It consists of two Companiesof Infantry; its Place of Arms uncertain till a future day. Their Committeeis chosen every three months; and consists of Commissioned Oflicers, oneSerjeant, and three Rank and File.
Lieutenant Colonel, William Curtis. C
First Captain, Thomas Dawson; Second Captain, George Mackenzie.
First Lieutenant, John Barton; Second Lieutenant, J. B. Inglis.
Ensigns, T. Bridges, and B. Parry.
This Corps is joined to Bridge Ward, and it is expected shortly to unite with several others. They received their Colours from the hand of Miss Roberts, at Colonel Curtis’s house, Southgate, on the 22d day of September, 1798, being the Anniversary Day of His Majesty’s Coronation.
Helmet; the Garter elegantly surrounded with Military Trophies; G. R. in centre; Crown at the top; TOWER or LONDON in base; Feather all white; Bear’s fur, and turned up with Leopard-skin.
Breast-plate, oval ; TOWER OF LONDON, and T. W. A.
Cartouch-box; within a Star, T. W. A.
Buttons; rowan or LONDON, and T. W. A.
Half Gaiters. ,

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