Metropolitan Borough of Holborn
Holborn Town Hall
Holborn within the County of London
|- 1911||405 acres (1.64 km2)|
|- 1931||406 acres (1.64 km2)|
|- 1961||407 acres (1.65 km2)|
|- Succeeded by||London Borough of Camden|
|Government||Holborn Borough Council|
|- HQ||High Holborn|
|- Motto||Multi Pertransibunt et Augebitur Scientia
(Many shall pass through and learning shall be increased)
Coat of arms of the borough council
The Metropolitan Borough of Holborn was a Metropolitan borough in the County of London between 1900 and 1965, when it was amalgamated with the Metropolitan Borough of St Pancras and the Metropolitan Borough of Hampstead to form the London Borough of Camden.
Lying in the very heart of central London, the incorporation of Holborn into Camden rather than the more central City of Westminster was one of the more contentious aspects of the London Government Act 1963.
The borough was formed from the following civil parishes and places:
- St Andrew Holborn Above the Bars with St George the Martyr (Holborn District Board of Works)
- St Giles in the Fields and St George Bloomsbury (St Giles District Board of Works)
- The Liberty of Saffron Hill, Hatton Garden, Ely Rents and Ely Place (Holborn District Board of Works)
- two of the Inns of Court: Lincoln's Inn and Staple Inn
Coat of arms
St Giles, St George and St Andrew were depicted on the borough seal. The several constituent parishes were illustrated in the arms granted to Holborn in 1906, while the supporters, the Lion and the Griffin are from the arms of Lincoln's Inn and Gray's Inn (Inns of Court).
Charges from these arms were used, together with charges from the coats of arms of Hampstead and of St. Pancras, when the new coat of arms of the London Borough of Camden was designed in 1965.
Holborn Town Hall still exists, on High Holborn. The four-storey frontage is in three parts: the easternmost section was built as a Public Library in 1894 by architect W. Rushworth. Then the central and western sections were added in 1906-8 (architects: Hall & Warwick) to form a symmetrical facade.
Area and population
Holborn was the smallest of the twenty-eight metropolitan boroughs of the County of London, with an area of between 405 and 407 acres (1.6 km2). Therefore it was even smaller than the City of London. It also had the smallest population of any of the boroughs throughout its existence. The populations recorded in National Censuses were:
Constituent Civil Parishes 1801-1899
Metropolitan Borough 1900-1961
- Robert Donald, ed. (1907). "London: Holborn". Municipal Year Book of the United Kingdom for 1907. London: Edward Lloyd.