The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 3
This ward, which is situated in the central part of the city, derives its name from the Saxon , a market, this being the place where the London market appears to have been originally established, East Chepe being the .
It is bounded on the east by and Wallbrook wards; on the north by Bassishaw and wards; on the west by and Cripplegate wards; and on the south by Cordwainer-street ward. It contains the following precincts: , Allhallows, Honey lane; St. Lawrence ; St. Martin ; St. Mary Colechurch, St. Mildred Poultry, St. Stephen and St. Benet, and Sopar lane. It is under the government of an alderman, and returns inhabitants to the court of common council. Before the great fire in , there were churches in this ward, viz. Allhallows, Honey lane, St. Benet Sherehog, St, Martin Pomery, St. Mary Colechurch, Sopars, St. Lawrence Jewry, and St. Mildred the virgin; the were not rebuilt.