Farringdon Within

Farringdon Within is one of the 25 wards of the City of London, the historic and financial centre of London. The ward covers an area from Blackfriars station in the south to Barbican station in the north.[2]

Ward of Farringdon Within

Location within the City
Ward of Farringdon Within
Location within Greater London
Population276 (2011 Census. Ward)[1]
OS grid referenceTQ317812
Sui generis
Administrative areaGreater London
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLONDON
Postcode districtEC1, EC4
Dialling code020
PoliceCity of London
FireLondon
AmbulanceLondon
EU ParliamentLondon
UK Parliament
London Assembly

Originally known as the Ward of Anketill de Auvergne,[3] Farringdon was named for Sir Nicholas Farindon, who was appointed Lord Mayor of London for "as long as it shall please him" by King Edward II.[4] The ward had been virtually a political possession of the Farindon family for 82 years at the time of his appointment. His father, William Farindon, preceded him as alderman in 1281, when he, the father, purchased his position as alderman.

The father was Lord Mayor in 1281 and 1282 and also warden of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, a City Livery Company.[5] During the reign of King Edward I, William Farindon, as an alderman and goldsmith, was implicated in the arrest of English Jewry (some, fellow goldsmiths) for treason.[6]

The ward was split into Farringdon Without and Farringdon Within in 1394. "Without" and "Within" denote whether the ward fell outside or within the London Wall — this was also the case for the wards of Bridge Within and Without. However, since boundary changes in 2003 Farringdon Within is no longer entirely within the former wall.

The resident population of the ward is 276 (2011).[7]

Politics

Farringdon Within 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) elected to the Court of Common Council of the City of London Corporation. To be eligible to stand for election, candidates must be Freemen of the City of London or own land in the City or have resided in the City for the whole of the twelve months preceding the date of the nomination.[8]

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