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CHRONOLOGY OF THE POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, 1705-1854

YearWard ChangeAuthorityDate
1705 Original Division into 10 WardsInformal decree of City Council 2 February 1705
1785 New Market Ward from Dock Ward Statutes at Large, Vol. XI, Chapter MCXXVII
1786Mulberry Ward divided into North and South Mulberry Wards Statutes at Large, Vol. XII, Chapter MCCXXIII
1800Locust Ward from Dock Ward
Cedar Ward from New Market Ward
Statutes at Large, Vol. XVI, Chapter MMCX
1825Pine Ward from Dock and New Market WardsLaws of Pennsylvania, Chapter LXXIII31 March 1825
1846Lombard & Spruce Wards from Cedar WardLaws of Pennsylvania, Chapter XXIII4 February 1846
1854Division of Consolidated City into 24 numbered wardsAct of Consolidation2 February 1854


Philadelphia in 1705

Original Division into 10 Wards


Philadelphia in 1786

Mulberry Ward divided into North and South Mulberry Wards


Philadelphia in 1800

Locust Ward from Dock Ward; Cedar Ward from New Market Ward


Philadelphia in 1825

Pine Ward from Dock and New Market Wards


Philadelphia in 1846

Lombard & Spruce Wards from Cedar Ward


Genealogy of Philadelphia County Subdivisions
Chronology of Philadelphia County Subdivisions, 1683-1854
Philadelphia Wards, 1854-1966

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