Broad Street (ward)


In medieval times it was divided into ten precincts[1] and contained six churches,[2] of which only two, St Margaret Lothbury and All Hallows-on-the-Wall now survive:[3] St Bartholomew-by-the-Exchange was demolished in 1840, St Benet Fink in 1844, St Martin Outwich in 1874 and St Peter le Poer in 1907.[4]

The ward's northern boundary along London Wall and Blomfield Street borders Coleman Street ward, before curving to the north-east along Liverpool Street, the division with Bishopsgate. From here, Old Broad Street runs south-west along the border with Cornhill where it joins Throgmorton Street, its southern boundary—to the south of which is the Bank of England in Walbrook ward. The western boundary follows a series of small courts and alleys adjacent to Moorgate and then runs up Copthall Avenue. A busy commercial area[5] it also contains two livery halls of the Worshipful Company of Carpenters[6] and Worshipful Company of Drapers.[7] Like many of the City wards it has a social club for people who work in the area,[8] which celebrated its 30th anniversary in March 2006.[9]

At the top of Old Broad Street, adjacent to Liverpool Street station, was Broad Street station which closed in 1986—the only major terminus station in London to have permanently closed.


Broad Street is one of 25 wards in the City of London, each electing an alderman to the Court of Aldermen and commoners (the City equivalent of a councillor) to the Court of Common Council of the City of London Corporation. Only electors who are Freemen of the City of London are eligible to stand.

Elected representatives

  • Alderman: Michael Mainelli
  • Deputy: John Bennett
  • Common Council: Christopher Hayward, John Scott


  1. Book 2, Ch. 12: Broad Street Ward, A New History of London: Including Westminster and Southwark (1773), pp. 566-76 accessed: 23 September 2007
  2. The Dutch Church at Austin Friars was originally a monastic foundation Churches of City of London, Reynolds,H (Bodley Head 1922)
  3. 1750 map of Broad Street & Cornhill Ward (London Ancestor) accessed: 23 September 2007
  4. Genealogical web-site Archived 6 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  5. Police overview Archived 9 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  6. Livery Carpenter’s Web-site Archived 25 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  7. Draper’s Information Archived 15 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  8. Ward Club
  9. Ward Newsletter Archived 7 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine
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