Staple Inn

Staple Inn is a building on the south side of High Holborn in London, England. Located near Chancery Lane tube station, it is used as the London office of the Institute of Actuaries and is the last surviving Inn of Chancery.


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.

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 bomb in 1944, but was subsequently restored. It has a distinctive timber-framed façade and an internal courtyard. The historic interiors include a great hall. Much of the building is used by the Institute of Actuaries. The ground floor street frontage is let to shops and restaurants who are required to use quieter signage than they do on less sensitive buildings.

External links

* [ History of Staple Inn from the Institute of Actuaries]
* [ Barristers Chambers in Staple Inn]
* [ Tour UK - Staple Inn]

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  • Gray's Inn —    On the north side of Holborn, outside the City boundary, west of Gray s Inn Road. Gateway at No. 22 High Holborn.    One of the Inns of Court, to which were attached Staple Inn and Barnard s Inn (q.v.).    Identified with the old prebendal… …   Dictionary of London

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  • Bacon's Inn —    Gardens, lands and messuages on the east side of Chancery Lane adjoining the wall belonging to the land or gardens late of the Bishop of Lincoln and Staple Inne and abutting on lands late of the Abbot of Malmesbury, in occupation of Nicholas… …   Dictionary of London

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