Ward Clubs

Even within the Ward Clubs there seems to be differing versions of the reason for their creation – albeit the underlying themes do not change. The majority were probably formed in the mid/late 19th C when more and more people become commuters to and from the city, rather than residents. Membership was encouraged from both those residing in the City of London and those who came to work in the City. Most Ward Clubs historically had an interest in both social events and promoting awareness/involvement in the City's administration and electoral process.

Today there are 23 Ward Clubs including Lime Street (founded in 1946).  They provide an excellent opportunity to;

  • learn more about the City and civic life
  • meet the men and women making the decisions about how the City is run
  • get to know our elected representatives
  • attend some excellent formal and informal social events.

For anyone interested in becoming more involved with City life both civic and social the Ward Clubs are the best possible introduction.

There is one other specific Club that should be mentioned, The United Wards' Club (there is no available link to their web-site at this time)
In response to Ward boundary changes in 1877, Joseph Newbon decided to set up a club so that members of various wards could continue to meet together. The first meeting was held on 31st Oct 1877.
Today the following Wards are associate members of the United Wards' Club:

  • Billingsgate
  • Bishopsgate
  • Broad Street
  • Bridge
  • Candlewick
  • Castle Baynard
  • Coleman Street
  • Cordwainer
  • Cripplegate
  • Langbourn
  • Lime Street & Cornhill
  • Portsoken
  • Tower
  • Ward of Cheap

Although members of all Wards are welcome to join.