The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 3
This ward, according to Stow,
|through the spreading of this stream near the spring-head, the surrounding ground became so swampy, that this district obtained the appellation of Fenny-about, and is so called in the city records. This ward is divided into the precincts of St. Mary Woolnoth, north and south; , , , , Allhallows, , St. Bennet, , St. Dionis Backchurch, St. Gabriel, and Allhallows Steyning.|
Langbourn-ward is bounded on the east by Aldgate-ward; on the south by , , Candlewick, and Bridge-within wards; on the west by Wallbrook-ward; and on the north, by and wards.
It is governed by an alderman, and sends inhabitants to the court of common council.
Before the great fire in , there were churches in this ward, viz. Allhallows, ; Allhallows, Steyning; St. Dionis, Backchurch; St. Edmund the King; St. Mary, Woolnoth; St. Gabriel, ; St. Nicholas Acons. The were rebuilt.