Aldersgate is a
Ward of the
City of London, named after a
gate in the ancient
London Wall around the City. The gate also gave its name to Aldersgate Street, which runs north from the site of the former gate towards
The name Aldersgate is first recorded around 1000 in the form Ealdredesgate, i.e. "gate associated with a man named Ealdrād". The gate, constructed by the Romans in the 2nd or 3rd centuries when
London Wall was constructed, probably acquired its name in the late Saxon period.