The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 3
The ward of Farringdon without, which is very extensive, forms the western extremity of the city. In the time of the Saxons, the principal part of the city lay west from Ludgate, and what is now the heart of the city, was but thinly inhabited, as appears from Fabian's Chronicle. He says, that in king Egelred's, or king
|Ethelred's, reign, which began in the year , or, according to Stow, in , London had more houses, or buildings, from Ludgate towards , and little or none where the chief of the city now is, except in divers places was housing, but they stood without order; so that many towns and cities, as Canterbury, Yerk, and others, exceeded London in building in those days, as he had seen and known, by an old book in the of London, named Doomsday. But, after the Conquest, it increased, and shortly surpassed and excelled all the others.|
This ward is bounded on the east by the ward of Farringdon within, the precinct of the late priory of St. Bartholomew, and Aldersgate-ward, on the north by the Charter-house, the parish of St. John, Clerkenwell, and part of that of St. Andrew without the freedom, on the west by the parish of Danes, and on the south by the river Thames.
It is divided into the following precincts, St. Martin, Ludgate; St. Dunstan in the West; St. Bride; St. Sepulchre; St. Andrew, ; Whitefriars and ; and is governed by an alderman, and common council-men.
In this ward are parish churches, viz. St. Andrew, ; St. Bartholomew the Less; St. Bride, alias St. Bridget; St. Dunstan in the West; St. Sepulchre, and St. Bartholomew the Great.