Introduction to the Aldgate Ward

 

Aldgate is one of the richest and most vibrant Wards in London with the history stretching back over two thousand years to Roman times.  When the city of Londinium, which covered one square mile, was fortified by walls and could only be entered by means of four gates.  These were Aldersgate to the north, Ludgate to the West, Ealdgate or Aldgate to the east and Bridgegate to the south, over the Thames.  The actual structure of the Aldgate was lost to us only comparatively recently, having been taken down in 1760.

 

The Ward Church, St Katherine Cree, situated in Leadenhall Street is named after St Katherine who was tortured on a barbed wheel before being beheaded and is remembered on bonfire night when we light up ‘Catherine Wheels’.

 

Ward boundaries often change to reflect the voting mix, but the old boundary included Lloyd’s Registry, Lloyd’s Building, Cutlers Exchange and of course the Baltic Exchange.  The later survived 2 world wards but succumbed in 1992 in the IRA Bombing.  The original site of the Exchange is now occupied by the Swiss Re Building or better known as “the Gherkin”.  The new Baltic Exchange is slightly further north of the original site.

 

The Ward Club

 

The Ward has always nurtured a sense of community, which is embodied in the Aldgate Ward Club.   Although the Club did not officially form until 1906, it started out as the Aldgate Ratepayers Association and as such its history extends beyond the twentieth century.  Over the last 100 years many notable people have been members and President of the Club.  Dr Nick Barratt wrote an interesting book, One Hundred Years in the History of The Aldgate Ward Club, which was published in 2005.  Sadly the publisher has ceased business, but a few copies are around and we are looking to try to scan the book and include in this web page.

 

Programme 2019-20

March

 5th Committee Meeting 

18th    Ward Mote

(St Katharine Cree Church)

19th    AGM & Installation Dinner (Baltic Exchange)

April

30thPrivate visit to Guildhall and lunch

May

11th   The Aldgate Amble

June

21st    Civic Lunch (Guildhall)

July
2nd   Committee Meeting

16thGin Distillery Visit

(City of London Distillery)

August

Summer recess

September

19th Inter-ward Quiz – managed by Billingsgate ward at St Mary at Hill

25th   Private visit to the Baltic Exchange and Wine Tasting

October

1st   Committee Meeting

16th    New Members Reception (Baltic Exchange)

17thLion Sermon & Lunch (St Katherine Cree)

23rdVisit to Lloyds

November

9thLord Mayor’s Show

22nd   Traditional Fish and Chip Lunch (City Livery Club)

December

17th   Carol Service and supper (Baltic Exchange)

2020

January

28th   Committee Meeting

February

11th   Winter Warmer Social Venue: tbc

18thBusiness Lecture – Alderman Sue Langley

(A.J.Gallaghers)

March 2020

16thAGM, Installation & Dinner Baltic Exchange

Ward Mote tbc St Katharine Cree Church

June 2020

15th Civic Lunch (Guildhall)