Book 2, Ch. 11: Bridge Ward without

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A New History of London Including Westminster and Southwark. Originally published by R Baldwin, London, 1773.

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Bridge-ward without.

This ward, as well as that of Bridge-ward within, takes its name from London bridge, as being beyond or without the bridge. By the ward of Bridge without, is intended the borough of Southwark; which came under the jurisdiction of the city by charter and by purchase (fn. 1). But though the charter of Edward VI. expresses that all and singular the inhabitants of Southwark shall be under the magistracy and government of the mayor and officers of London, as the citizens and inhabitants of the said city be and ought to be; and that the said mayor, &c. should have the same jurisdiction in Southwark as in London; yet the justices of Surrey are nevertheless suffered to maintain an exercise of their authority in this borough; for the ward is only nominal, and sends no members to the court of common-council. The senior alderman of London, who is termed father of the city, is therefore removed to this ward as an honourable finecure, which releases him from the fatigue of ward business.

The borough of Southwark being properly no part of the city of London, the description of it does not belong to this place; it is therefore reserved for a distinct book.


  • 1. Vid. Appendix, No. XXV. XXXII. and XL.