Furnival's Inn

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Early-18th-century engraving of Furnival's Inn by Sutton Nicholls
The rebuilt Furnival's Inn, as depicted by Shepherd in 1828

Furnival's Inn was an Inn of Chancery which formerly stood on the site of the present Holborn Bars building (the former Prudential Assurance Company building) in Holborn, London, England.


Holborn Bars - former site of Furnival's Inn

Furnival's Inn was founded about 1383, and was attached to Lincoln's Inn. Although it survived the Great Fire of London, the Inn, together with the other Inns of Chancery, ceased to exist in the 19th century. The Inn was dissolved as a society in 1817 when Lincoln's Inn did not renew its lease; the building was rebuilt by a new owner, and that building was demolished in 1897. A plaque marks the site where it stood.

A map showing the boundaries of the Inn in 1870.

Sir Thomas More was Reader at the Inn from 1504 to 1507,[1] and Charles Dickens rented rooms here between 1834 and 1837, and began to write the Pickwick Papers whilst a tenant.[2][3] J.M. Barrie lived in a set of chambers at No. 7 Furnival's Inn from 1888 to 1889.[4]


Furnival's Inn was an area for local government partly in the City of London and partly in Middlesex. It was an extra-parochial area and became a civil parish in 1858 within the Holborn Poor Law Union. The part within the City of London was transferred to St Andrew Holborn in 1900. The remaining parish was part of the Metropolitan Borough of Holborn from 1900 and was abolished as a civil parish in 1930.[5] It was unpopulated after the construction of Holborn Bars.

Year 1881 1891 1901 1911 1921
Population 121 121 0 0 0

See also[edit]


  1. ^ History of Parliament: Sir Thomas More
  2. ^ Ladgate Circus
  3. ^ Hidden London
  4. ^ Denis Mackail, The Story of J.M.B. (Peter Davies, 1941)
  5. ^ Youngs, Frederic (1979). Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England. I: Southern England. London: Royal Historical Society. ISBN 0-901050-67-9. 
  • D. S. Bland, Early records of Furnival's Inn, 1957.

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Coordinates: 51°31′06″N 0°06′36″W / 51.5182°N 0.1099°W / 51.5182; -0.1099