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Staple Inn is a Tudor building on the south side of High Holborn in the borough of Camden, London, England. Located near Chancery Lane tube station, it is used as the London office of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, is the last surviving Inn of Chancery and is also a listed building.
It was originally attached to Gray's Inn, which is one of the four Inns of Court. The Inns of Chancery fell into decay in the 19th century. All of them were dissolved, and most were demolished. Staple Inn is the only one which survives largely intact. It was an extra-parochial area until 1858 and then a civil parish. It became part of the Metropolitan Borough of Holborn in 1900 and was abolished in 1930.
It was the model for the fictitious Inn of Court 'Bacon's Inn' in Arthur Moore's 1904 novel 'Archers of the Long Bow'. The ancient switch-tailed double pump referred to was replaced in 1937 by a mock single pump, to mark the site. Pictures of both pumps are available at spitalfieldslife.com/2010/01/10/the-pumps-of-old-london/
Staple Inn dates from 1585. The building was once the wool staple, where wool was weighed and taxed. It survived the Great Fire of London, was extensively damaged by a Nazi German Luftwaffe aerial bomb in 1944 but was subsequently restored. It has a distinctive timber-framed façade, cruck roof and an internal courtyard.
The historic interiors include a great hall. Much of the building is used by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. The ground floor street frontage is let to shops and restaurants, required to use plainer signage than they do on less sensitive buildings. This building will be familiar with those that smoke "Old Holborn" tobacco, as formerly it featured on tins and pouches of this product, this logo is no longer in use.
- "Staple Inn ExP/CP through time | Census tables with data for the Parish-level Unit". Visionofbritain.org.uk. Retrieved 2013-10-05.
- History of Staple Inn from the Institute of Actuaries
- Barristers Chambers in Staple Inn
- Tour UK - Staple Inn
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