Template:Infobox UK place Bread Street is one of the 25 wards of the City of London and takes its name from its principal street, which was anciently the bread market; for by the records it appears that in 1302, the bakers of London were ordered to sell no bread at their houses but in the open market at Bread Street.<ref name=new>Book 2, Ch. 9: Bread Street Ward, A New History of London: Including Westminster and Southwark (1773), pp. 558-60 accessed: 21 May 2007</ref> The road itself is just under 500 ft (153 m) in length and now forms the eastern boundary of the ward after boundary changes in 2003.
The modern ward extends much further west from Bread Street itself and includes Paternoster Square, a modern development to the north of St Paul's Cathedral and home of the London Stock Exchange since 2004. The City's only major shopping centre — One New Change — is located within the ward and was opened in 2010.
As with most of the City's 25 wards, the boundaries of Bread Street were altered quite considerably in 2003, having remained almost unchanged for centuries. The ward is now bounded on the north by the ward of Cheap; on the east by Cordwainer; on the south by Queenhithe and Vintry; and on the west by Castle Baynard and Farringdon Within.<ref name=new/> Its street boundaries are Bread Street in the east; Newgate Street and Cheapside in the north; Warwick Lane and Ave Maria Lane in the west; and Queen Victoria Street to the south.
St Paul's Cathedral is outside the ward boundaries, being in Castle Baynard ward, but the St Paul's Cathedral School, situated between the cathedral and New Change, is in the ward.
Guilds and churches
Five successive halls of the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers (workers in fine leather) stood in the ward. They are commemorated by a blue plaque in the gardens of St Paul's Cathedral facing Cannon Street. The fifth and last hall was built in 1909-10 but on the night of 10 May 1941, the building was gutted during the Blitz.
There were once two churches in the ward, All Hallows Bread Street and St Mildred, Bread Street, both to designs by Christopher Wren. Today their former parishes form a part of that of St Mary-le-Bow on Cheapside. All Hallows was demolished in 1876 to make way for warehouses, and St Mildred was destroyed during the Blitz in April and May 1941.
Bread Street is one of 25 wards in the City of London, each electing one Alderman and a number of Common Councilmen (the City equivalent of a councillor) to the Court of Common Council of the City of London Corporation. Only Freemen of the City of London are eligible to stand for office as Aldermen; to stand as a Common Councilman, a candidate must be a Freeman and also an elector, a resident, or an owner of freehold or leasehold land within the City. Template:As of, the elected members for the ward of Bread Street are Alderman William Russell, Deputy Dr Giles Shilson and Oliver Lodge TD CC.
Admiral Arthur Phillip was the commander of the First Fleet and the founder and first governor of Australia. Baptised in All Hallows Bread Street in 1738, he entered the Royal Navy in 1755 and died on 31 August 1814. He is remembered on Australia Day. A bust of Phillip can be found in the gardens at Watling Street.
Bread Street was the birthplace of the poets John Donne and John Milton, both of whom are commemorated in the ward.
- Map of Early Modern London: Bread Street Ward - Historical Map and Encyclopedia of Shakespeare's London (Scholarly)
- Map of Early Modern London - Historical Map and Encyclopedia of Shakespeare's London, showing ward boundaries and reproducing John Stow's description of the wards (Scholarly)
- Corporation of London Present Day Bread Street Ward Boundaries