Metropolitan Borough of Holborn

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Holborn Town Hall
Holborn Town Hall
Metropolitan Borough shown within the County of London
Holborn within the County of London
 - 1911 405 acres (1.64 km2)
 - 1931 406 acres (1.64 km2)
 - 1961 407 acres (1.65 km2)
 - 1911 49,357
 - 1931 38,860
 - 1961 22,008
 - 1911 121/acre
 - 1931 96/acre
 - 1961 54/acre
 - Created 1900
 - Abolished 1965
 - Succeeded by London Borough of Camden
Status Metropolitan borough
Government Holborn Borough Council
 - HQ High Holborn
 - Motto Multi Pertransibunt et Augebitur Scientia
(Many shall pass through and learning shall be increased)
The arms granted in 1906
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.


The borough was formed from the following civil parishes and places:

Coat of arms[edit]

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.

Visible legacy[edit]

Several of the street name signs in the British Museum/Senate House area still bear the "Borough of Holborn" area designation.

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[edit]

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

Year[1] 1801 1811 1821 1831 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891
Population 67,103 80,642 88,172 90,670 93,767 95,726 94,074 93,513 78,668 70,938

Metropolitan Borough 1900-1961

Year[2] 1901 1911 1921 1931 1941 1951 1961
Population 59,405 49,357 43,192 38,860 [3] 24,810 22,008


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Statistical Abstract for London, 1901 (Vol. IV); Census tables for Holborn Metropolitan Borough
  2. ^ Holborn MetB: Census Tables at Vision of Britain accessed 14 Dec 2006
  3. ^ The census was suspended for World War II

Further reading[edit]

Coordinates: 51°31′02″N 0°07′22″W / 51.5171°N 0.1228°W / 51.5171; -0.1228