“It is worthy a remark that, though the Ward includes parts of several parishes, there is not even a whole street in it” John Noorthhouck (1773).
Map of Lime Street Ward – 1750 (from Old and New London 1860’s)
Lime Street Ward is a very small ward. It probably takes its name from the production of lime in the vicinity during medieval times. (although it is said that no evidence of lime kilns have been found in the area. Another variation is that Lime Trees used to be planted outside Leaden Hall.
Was named after lime burners in medieval days,
When its use proved popular in building ways,
For the use of limestone in replacing wood,
Became much safer and extremely good.
This City Ward has since those days grown,
Into an insurance center very well known,
One building particularly dominates the street,
Lloyds of London where Syndicates meet,
The world’s Premier insurance brokers by far,
Cover risks from ships of the ocean to a motor car.
In this Ward established and open to all,
Is the well known market called Leadenhall,
Once a mansion owned by Dick Whittington,
Who presented it to the City Corporation.
In late 20thC and into the 21st there has been a substantial growth of shopping opportunities. Before this shops were quite rare.
One example would have been Thomas Townsend & Co – Gentlemen Outfitters with their shop on the corner of Lime Street and Leadenhall Market Their premises were probably partially in Forum House and partially in a property which was owned by the Market management.
It is bounded to the north by Camomile Street, and the boundary with Bishopsgate Ward; part going down St Helens place and to the east by St Mary Axe, the boundary with Aldgate Ward.
Our Southern and Eastern Boundaries are more complicated. Our Boundary includes Lime Street but then cuts back up through part of Leadenhall Market, into Gracechurch Street and north up to Camomile St.
Following a Boundary Review for the 2013 Common Council Elections our Boundary was changed, we lost the southern part of Leadenhall Market to Langbourn Ward. A senior City figure who is closely connected to Langbourn and Langbourn Ward Club did observe “We still have not got The Lamb into our Ward”.
2013 revised boundary map
N.B. A Virtual Ward Walk was organised in 2020 – see the PowerPoint presentation here
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Lime Street Ward – over the years. some items of interest.
– taken mainly from City of London, Ward News
previously called Ward Name Ward News e.g. Lime Street Ward News
Lime Street Ward News and its future
One of the major issues facing the Lime Street Ward in the 2015 to 2020 period is planning, especially the growth of high rise buildings in the “Eastern Quadrant”.
“Many of you will think that the occupation of the Scalpel and the imminent completion of 100 Bishopsgate (The Pinnacle) marks the end of the massive redevelopment phase within what is now known as the City Cluster – most of it in or neighbouring the Lime Street Ward. But to quote Sir Winston Churchill after the battle of El Alamein “This is not the end, it is not the beginning of the end it is perhaps the end of the beginning” as evidenced by the Map below. where development will show little sign of slowing down until 2023 at the earliest. The pipeline City cluster developments are likely to bring a further 40,000 workers into the Area”
A new Lord Mayor is elected – Lime Street Alderman and Ward Club President Charles Bowman. an exciting time for everyone
After the 4 yearly Common Council elections our CC’s introduced themselves.
Returning Elizabeth Rogula (Deputy), Henry Colturst, Dominic Christian and newly elected Tom Clementi – Congratulations to all of them.
Ward Club Past Master Peter Cave, stood in this election and lost by 11 votes – fairly fed up:).
“Further improvements for Lime Street and proposals for Leadenhall Street
An experimental closure of Lime Street (8.00am to 6.00pm) was introduced in order to support the increasing pedestrian flows and greater visitor numbers in this part of the City. (It basically became permanent)
The City of London Corporation owns Leadenhall Market and announced that it was proposing a strategy to ensure that Leadenhall Market and its environs are managed efficiently to produce an improved tenant mix, which will result in a more attractive offer and a higher footfall and ensuring that it serves the needs of local residents, businesses and workers.
Serious concerns were expressed regarding the impact of the major ongoing development works on workers and businesses.
Cheesegrater on track for completion
Demolition of 52-54 Lime Street in hand for the development of the Scalpel.
Longer term plans for 2 Pedestrian Crossings crossing Leadenhall Street on both sides of the tuning down St Mary Axe, being considered.
The election of a new Alderman for Lime Street Ward was announced following the retirement of Sir John Stuttard- Charles Bowman of PWC. In addition the new Common Council Team was elected.
Robert Howard – Deputy
Past Master Tim Willens also stood in this election but was defeated.
The boundary Commission for England published its proposals regarding new constituency boundaries. they had wanted to break the link between The City of London and the City of Westminster, this received substantial opposition from Residents and Businesses and was shelved.
The 2nd year of the Great St Helen’s Sculpture space was initiated, involving 8 artworks over the area. Installed in June and having a value of around Pnds 1.8m
Flowers that Bloom Tomorrow – YayoiKusama
A Summer of celebration is coming.
The Olympic Games, comes to London and the Womens’, and Mens’ it is hoped will run through part of Leadenhall market, with the Paralympics going past the market down Gracechuch Street to Cornhill. In addition part of the Olympic Torch Relay was also planned to come through the City.
In addition on 3rd June the Queens Diamond Jubilee River Pageant was due to take place on the River Thames finishing at Tower Bridge. It did! It rained incessantly but still an amazing experience to watch. Especially the Gloriana with the queen and Price Phillip standing resolutely in the foul weather so they could see and be seen by the thousands lining the river.
Gloriana in St Katherine’s dock, on a quieter and better day.
Work is well underway on the construction of Crossrail – the new high frequency railway connecting the City, Canary Wharf, the West End and Heathrow Airport to commuter areas east and west of the capital
The next 12 months will see plenty of activity around the Farringdon and Liverpool Street areas with knock-on effects with regard to transport, access and noise. The works will require traffic diversions – affecting bus routes, pedestrian access, cycle hire points and taxi pick up points.
When it opens in 2018, (this entry was made in Dec 2020 – still no sign of it opening), Crossrail will deliver new train services and reduced travel times around London and the South East.
Retirement of Deputy Christine Cohen.
Extracts of a Report to the Court of Common Council by Alderman Sir John Stuttard.
“Christine has served as a very successful CC for Lime Street Ward for 25 years. she served on 19 Corporation Committees, Boards and Associated Organisations Chairing 8 of these exceptionally competently. Her contribution to green things in particular has been quite outstanding. these have included open spaces such as Hampstead Heath and Epping Forest and Gardens and Walkways within the Square Mile”
Included for info, as were on this year’s file.
These figures are prior to the change in voting structure that allowed for Corporate entities to have votes.
Lime Street 1983/4
Residents 10 Total 40
Non Residents 40