Ward of Dowgate

Location within the City
Ward of Dowgate
Ward of Dowgate
Location within Greater London
OS grid referenceTQ319812
Sui generis
Administrative areaGreater London
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLONDON
Postcode districtEC4
Dialling code020
PoliceCity of London
UK Parliament
London Assembly
List of places
51°30′40″N 0°05′20″W / 51.511°N 0.089°W / 51.511; -0.089Coordinates: 51°30′40″N 0°05′20″W / 51.511°N 0.089°W / 51.511; -0.089

Dowgate is a small ward in the City of London, the historic and financial centre of London. The ward is bounded to the east by Swan Lane and Laurence Poutney Lane, to the south by the River Thames, to the west by Cousin Lane and College Hill, and to the north by Cannon Street. It is where the Walbrook watercourse emptied into the Thames.

A number of City livery companies are quartered in the ward: the Worshipful Company of Dyers, Worshipful Company of Innholders, Worshipful Company of Skinners and Worshipful Company of Tallow Chandlers. There is one church: St. Michael Paternoster,[1] where, other than its local and congregational causes, the Anglican Mission to Seafarers convenes and fundraises. The ward also contains Cannon Street station, which is on the site of the Steelyard (a mediaeval trading port of the Hanseatic League), and on Upper Thames Street the only London Fire Brigade station within the City of London.


Dowgate is one of the 25 wards of 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.


  1. ^ Betjeman described it as

    A round colonnaded temple with round urns on it, a middle stage with curving corbels, more urns, round turret supporting a vane.


The City of London Churches Betjeman,J: Andover, Pitkin,1972 ISBN 0-85372-112-2