The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 3
This ward derives its name from a water-gate, or harbour, anciently called Edred's Hithe, and afterwards the Queen's Hithe. It is bounded on the east by Dowgate-ward, on the north by and Cordwainer-street wards, on the west by Castle Baynard ward, and on the south by the Thames.
It is divided into precincts, and numbered from to .
It is governed by an alderman, and returns common-council men.
Before the great fire in , there were churches in this ward, viz. St. Mary, Somerset; St. Michael, ; St. Nicholas, Cole-abbey; St. Mary, Mounthaw; St. Nicholas, Olave; St. Peter, Paul's-wharf; and Holy Trinity. The were rebuilt.