The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 3
This ward derives its appellation from of the ancient gates of the city; it is divided into districts, called Aldersgate Within and Aldersgate Without, from their respective situations: the former contains the precincts of St. Leonard, , St. John Zachary, St. Mary Staining, and St. Anne. The latter is also divided into precincts, all within the parish of St. Botolph. This ward is bounded on the east and north by Cripplegate ward, on the west by the wards of Farringdon Within and Without, and on the south by that of Farringdon Within. It contains precincts, in each division, and is governed by an alderman and common councilmen. Before the great fire in there were churches in this ward, viz.:--St. John Zachary, situate at the corner of , in ; St. Mary Staining, at the north end of ; St. Olave, , at the north-east corner of ; St. Anne, Aldersgate, in St. Anne's-lane; St. Botolph, at the south-east corner of , in ; and St. Leonard, , situated on the west side of ; which , at present, are reduced to churches, viz. St. Anne's and St. Botolph's.