Castle Baynard is one of the 25 wards of the City of London, the historic and financial centre of London. It covers an irregular shaped area, somewhat akin to a tuning fork bounded on the east by the wards of Queenhithe and Bread Street; the River Thames to the south; and the ward of Farringdon Without to the north and west. Major landmarks within the ward include Blackfriars Bridge (the full span of which falls within the City and this ward), HMS President and St Paul's Cathedral. Blackfriars station is located in Castle Baynard, on the north bank of the Thames.
In addition the area contains St Bride's Church, a church which Sir John Betjeman described as "magnificent, even by the exalted standards of Sir Christopher Wren", and St. Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe. In former times the ward also included the church of St Mary Magdalen Old Fish Street which burned down in 1886 and was not rebuilt and its own charitable foundation, Castle Baynard Ward School. The Mermaid Theatre, on the site of Curriers' Alley and Puddle Dock, lies within the ward's catchment area.
Castle Baynard derives its name from Baynard's Castle which existed here from the Norman Conquest until it was burnt down during the Great Fire of London in 1666. It was anciently spelled as one word — Castlebaynard — but this is regarded today as incorrect. Boundary changes in 2003 expanded the ward considerably into the traditional area of the two Farringdon wards, though a small amount of territory was lost to Queenhithe ward. Today, Castle Baynard is busy and an exceptionally concentrated area of commercial and tourist activity, but still retains its own distinct identity.
Castle Baynard 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) 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.
- Castle Baynard Ward Club
- Map of Early Modern London: Castle Baynard Ward - Historical Map and Encyclopedia of Shakespeare's London (Scholarly)