The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 3
This ward, as well as that of Farringdon without, is named from William Farendon, citizen and goldsmith of London, who, with his son Nicholas, were possessors of it for a great number of years. In ancient times, these wards had but alderman, and that not by election, but by purchase or inheritance, as appears from the following abstract of a deed made in the reign of king Edward I.
After this, John le Feure, son and heir to the said Ralph le Feure, granted to William Farendon, citizen and goldsmith of London, and to his heirs, the said aldermanry, with the appurtenances, for the service thereunto belonging, in the of Edward I. in the year of Christ, .
Anthony Munday, Stow's continuator, contradicts this statement, and quotes
in his own possession, to prove that
| the entire aldermanry was granted by William de Farendon (citizen and alderman) to Nicholas, son of Ralph le Feure, |
with the same
On comparing the dates, it will be seen that Stow's veracity is not impeached by Munday's deed, the latter being dated,
and consequently referring to a period about years subsequent to the date of the abstract given by the prior historian. There must, however, have been a re-grant made to William de Farendon, which has not been noticed by either author, for Stow says,
As the population of the city increased, it became expedient to divide this extensive aldermanry into wards, which was done by parliament in the of Richard II, and an alderman was assigned to each, under the same authority.
This ward contains eighteen precincts, viz. St. Peter, St. Matthew, Goldsmiths'-row, Sadler's-hall, , St. , St. Michael le Quern, north and south; St. Faith, ; St Faith, Church-yard ; St. Martin, Ludgate, north and south; and precincts of , St. Ewin, St. Sepulchre, , and St. Anne Blackfriars; its inhabitants return members to the common council.
This ward is bounded on the east by and Castle Baynard wards, on the north by Aldersgate and Cripplegate-wards, on the west by the ward of Farringdon without, and on the south by Castle Baynard-ward and the river Thames.
Before the great fire in , there were churches in this ward, viz. St. Augustin, Christ-church, St. Martin, Ludgate ; St. Matthew, : St. Vedast, ; St. Anne, Blackfriars; St. Michael, le Querne; St. Peter, Cheap. The churches were rebuilt.