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Staple Inn (ex. par.)

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"STAPLE'S-INN, Holborn, is three houses on the south side, going from Middle-row towards Farringdon-street. It is an inn of Chancery, and an appendage as an inn of court to Gray's-inn. This inn is said to have been anciently a hall for the accommodation of wool-staplers, whence it derived its name; but it was an inn of Chancery before 1415, and in 1529 the benchers of Gray's-inn purchased it for its present purpose." [J. Elmes, A Topographical Dictionary of London and its Environs (1831) - transcribed by Brian Randell]

This place is located in Farringdon Without Ward.


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Staple Inn - an illustrated history, on the Medieval London website.

A Story of Staple Inn on Holborn Hill, on The Actuary website - "a tale of a building from its earliest days in the wool trade in the 13th century to the fine restoration of the hall at the end of the 20th".

Cunningham, Timothy. The history and antiquities of the four Inns of Court; namely, the Inner Temple, Middle Temple, Lincoln's Inn, and Gray's Inn; and of the nine Inns of Chancery; to wit, Clifford's Inn, Clement's Inn, Lion's Inn, New Inn, Strand Inn, Furnival's Inn, Thavies Inn, Staple Inn, and Barnard's Inn; also of Serjeant's Inn in Fleet-Street and Chancery-Lane, and Scroop's Inn . . .. London, Printed for G. Kearsly (1780) 251 pp. [Full text]