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Aldersgate was a gate in the London Wall in the City of Londonmarker, which has given its name to a ward and Aldersgate Street, a road leading north from the site of the gate, towards Clerkenwellmarker in the London Borough of Islingtonmarker.

Points of interest

Aldersgate Street is near the Barbican Estatemarker and Centremarker, St Bartholomew's Hospitalmarker, and the Museum of Londonmarker. Northwards it continues into Goswell Road, southwards it becomes St Martin's-le-Grand. Barbican tube stationmarker is located on Aldersgate Street, and was formerly known as Aldersgate station.

The ward is bounded by Aldersgate Street, Beech Street, Noble Street, Angel Street, King Edward Street and Montague Street. The ward contains the largest resident population in the City, the Barbican Estate. There are about 5000 residents. The ward is also the location of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the City of London School for Girlsmarker.

Within the ward are located three livery company halls; Ironmongers Hall, Plaisterers Hall and Barber-Surgeons Hall.


An old illustration of the gate circa 1650
Memorial on the believed site of Wesley's conversion
The old gate was taken down in 1617, and rebuilt in the same year from a design by Gerard Christmas. The gate was damaged in the Great Fire of Londonmarker, but was repaired and remained until 1761. Aldersgate Street contained the Bishop of London's Chapel and his chambers at London House, which was used from the eighteenth century because it was closer to St Paul's Cathedralmarker than his official residence at Fulhammarker. Also on this street is the church of St Botolph Aldersgatemarker, and the site of the meeting room where John Wesley was converted in 1738, which is marked by a plaque. To the south of St Botolphs is Postman's Parkmarker, named for the former principle sorting office in King Edward Street.The house of Sarah Sawyer, in Rose and Rainbow Court (approximately the site of the Museum of London), formed one of the earliest Quaker meetings in London (before 1655). In 1675, it became a dedicated meeting house, the Box Meeting, used mainly by Quaker women for poor relief, on her marriage. Quakers Around Shoreditch (Andrew Roberts, ed.) accessed 10 Oct 2006


Little Britain
Aldersgate is one of 25 ward 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.


See also

The nearest London Underground stations are Barbicanmarker — on the Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan Lines; and St Paul'smarker — on the Central Line.

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