Home Membership Events Cripplegate Ward Contact us


  Cripplegate Ward Club is a social organisation for those who take an active interest in understanding and appreciating the traditions, history and workings of the Ward and the City.  It provides an excellent way to meet and to socialise with a wide range of people connected to and involved in the City and is a great way into the Civic and social activities of the area providing the chance for those connected with the Ward, in whatever way, to meet each other and the Alderman and Common Councilmen that represent the Ward.  The Club also support appeals and charitable activities.

Cripplegate is among the busiest of the 20+ Ward Clubs in the City of London, with a varied programme of events throughout the year.  There are both daytime and evening activities ranging from informal visits and tours of general interest, to the most formal of Civic Lunches and City Banquets.  We visit some interesting places revealing facets of the City not normally seen and of course being a social club, these very often include luncheon or dinner somewhere nice too.  All great fun.  Membership of the Club offers an opportunity to discover and appreciate the traditions and fellowship of City Life.

If you live in the Cripplegate Ward district or have business here we invite you to Join our Club and activities - just click on the 'Join us' link to get the ball rolling.  There is no stipulation that members reside within the Ward (or even within London), only that they have a direct, or indirect interest in the Civic, Social or Business affairs of the City and of course guests of members are most welcome at all functions.

To find out more about joining, navigate to our membership page or click here

. . . .


The Millennium Dome is so big that it can fit the Great Pyramids of Giza comfortably under the roof! The structure is 365m in diameter; and 52m high in the middle; with 12 supporting poles, symbolising days, weeks and months of the year.
. . . .


1000 Years of History

London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HB.

As the London Metropolitan Archives are worth supporting, there are from time to time modest exhibitions of their collection of maps and illustrations of London and frequent displays of parts of their collection, routinely changed. I encourage you to visit and explore.



Conservator brushing the Civitas Londinium map in preparation for the October 2022 exhibition.
. . . .


The QE Tower

The 96-metre clock tower above the Houses of Parliament, which houses the Great Bell, known as Big Ben, has been mostly hidden from view since a £79.7m conservation projection began in 2017.

In December 2021, the clock face was revealed to show the work that has taken place, including the restoration of the original colour scheme.

While the name Big Ben nowadays refers to the entire clock tower, 'Big Ben' is actually the name of the largest bell inside the tower, used to chime the hours and has been keeping time in the UK capital since 1859.

See more at www.parliament.uk
. . . .

London in lock down . . . Pandemic 2020

. . . .


  Club News & Events  

February 2024
No Event


22nd March 2024
AGM & Annual Civic Luncheon
The Print Room & Old Library



Everything you need to
know about Leap Years



A sailing ship has become the first since the 1970s to be authorised as a commercial cargo carrier, and is now looking for cargo to carry.
The Sea-Change Sailing Trust, which owns the Blue Mermaid sailing ship has received permission from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency for the vessel to carry cargoes of up to 110 tonnes, between Lowestoft and Sandwich – and up the Thames.

Blue Mermaid

The sailing ship trust, which provides training and education for young people and vulnerable adults is working with Brightlingsea based Essex Cement to carry cargo within its authorised range.
Sea-Change’s executive officer, Richard Titchener, said: “If you need cement anywhere on the Thames (or anywhere between Lowestoft and Sandwich), please get in touch. You will not only cut carbon emissions, but also be helping us in our work to train and develop young people in need.”
One full load by sailing ship can remove the equivalent of 4 articulated lorries from the road. So if you know someone in need of a regular delivery of cement in London – let them know it can now arrive by sailing ship.
The charity hopes to expand the service to cover other light freight in the future.
In 2022, a total of 200 mainly young or vulnerable people took to the water aboard the Blue Mermaid with the Trust. The last commercial cargo to be carried by a UK-registered sailing vessel was 100 tonnes of cattle cake, which set sail from Tilbury to Ipswich aboard the Cambria in 1970.


'Gilded City, tour Medieval and Renaissance London'
Self-guided Tours

For those members who enjoy walking round the City of London a book Gilded City, Tour medieval and Renaissance London by Duncan A Smith was published last year. The cover displays a view most familiar to member of the Ward Club – Guildhall from Guildhall Yard. It is a basic introduction to some of London’s past largely focusing on principal surviving buildings from the Middle Ages to the sixteenth and seventeenth century with a time line, maps and illustrations of these buildings today. Each chapter ends with a themed walk. The one on ‘Finance and imperialism’ takes you past the Royal Exchange, the Bank of England and Change Alley while introducing you to Jewish bankers, Italian merchants, Sir Thomas Gresham and global trade to name a few subjects for your mind to travel over while your feet pass by.


NEWS ..........

March 2023

New Master for 2023-2024

Michael Osborne MCMI



Earlier News

Newsletter 23 December 2022

Newsletter 20 January 2022

Newsletter 16 November 2021

Newsletter 26 August 2021

Newsletter 25 May 2021

Newsletter 26 April 2021


Latest .gov.uk Covid-19


Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread

It is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated.

To help control the virus, you should limit your interactions with those you don't live with.

If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people & wear your mask. 

Wash your hands as soon as you get home.

Remember. You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

What are the lockdown rules in the UK?
[pdf download
] - March 2020
Latest UK Gov 'can & can't dos' www.gov.uk

City Wards News & Clubs



























. . .