[ All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. --- Ralph Waldo Emerson ] Bishopsgate, London, England, United Kingdom
Bishopsgate is a road and ward in the northeast part of the City of London, extending north from Gracechurch Street to Norton Folgate. It is named after one of the original seven gates in London Wall. The site of this gate is marked by a stone bishop's mitre, fixed high on the building located at the junction of Wormwood Street with Bishopsgate, just by the gardens there and facing the Heron Tower.
The ward (which is large by City standards) is bounded by Worship Street in the north, where the edge of the City meets the London Boroughs of Islington and Hackney. It neighbours Portsoken ward and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in the east. The western boundary is formed by Old Broad Street, where the ward meets Broad Street ward.
The ward also bounds (direction given) the Aldgate (SE), Coleman Street (W), Cornhill (SW) and Lime Street (S) wards. The ward straddles the (now former) line of the Wall and the old gate and is often (even today) divided into "Within" and "Without" parts, with a Deputy (Alderman) appointed for each part. However, since the 1994 (City) and 2003 (ward) boundary changes, almost all of the ward is Without; only a small area surrounding the Leathersellers' Hall remains as Bishopsgate within.
The ward previously extended much further south, along Bishopsgate and Gracechurch Street to meet Langbourn ward, but in the major 2003 boundary changes much of the Within part was transferred to Cornhill and Lime Street. No changes to Bishopsgate's ward boundaries will occur in the 2013 boundary changes.
Over 46,000 people work in the ward, but it has a resident population of only 48.
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