Cornhill Ward is named after one of the three ancient hills of the City of London – the other two being Tower Hill and Ludgate Hill.
After boundary changes the Ward is almost shaped like a pointed boot. The northern boundary being Wormwood Street. The western boundary runs down Old Broad Street into Threadneedle Street where it meets Cornhill which creates its southern side. A short detour into Birchin Lane cutting round the back of both St Peter’s and St Michael’s brings one into Bishopsgate (the Eastern Boundary).
The western boundary runs down Old Broad Street into Threadneedle Street where it meets Cornhill which creates its southern side.
The City’s Cornmarket was here located,
Where the price of corn-wheat was hotly debated,
And in medieval times was a very busy street,
There stood the Tun a water conduit,
Known as the standard or a water supply,
Direct from the Thames into houses nearby,
For this part of the city was no defaulter,
Towards the needs of life, like bread and water.
North of this Ward and just within range is Thomas Gresham’s Royal Exchange,
From vein of Bell tower a grasshopper looks down,
His emblem surveying Old London Town.
The Ward still maintains its Minutes of the Annual Ward Mote in script. Very hard to read but amazingly similar content year on year on year.
Cornhill contains two of the City churches designed by Sir Christopher Wren: St. Michael, Cornhill, and at the top end St Peter upon Cornhill, (our Ward Church) which is reputed to occupy the oldest Christianised site in London. At its other end it meets Threadneedle Street, and Lombard Street at Bank junction.
The 1st and 2nd (See above) Royal Exchange fronted onto Cornhill, not facing out towards Mansion House as the latter ones have.
In 1652, Pasqua Rosée, possibly a native of Ragusa, Italy, opened London’s first coffeehouse, in St. Michael’s Alley off Cornhill now the site of the Jamaica Tavern.
N.B. A Virtual Ward Walk was organised in 2020 – see the PowerPoint presentation here
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Ian Seaton CC a member of the Corporation’s Finance Committee reported on the strains on budgets, including that for the City of London Police. He also reported on plans to consolidate the City’s wholesale markets. Smithfield, New Spitalfields and billingsgate, all into East London.
The Irish Society
Peter Dunphy was recently elected as “Deputy Governor” of the Irish Society (The Senior role for Councillors). The Honourable Irish Society was formed in 1613 to encourage the “plantation’ of North West Ulster with loyal, industrious and most importantly Protestant Londoners. Today it is a modern, strictly cross community grant giving charity for the economic and social benefit of all.
1984/85 Ward List
Inserted for info, as happens to be on the file
Cornhill 1984/85 1983/83
Residents 7 Total 92
Non Residents 114
Very possible that the increase in voters was partly a result of some strong promoting by David Howard who would be elected aldermen in 1985