Staple Inn

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Staple Inn

 
Staple Inn is the most intact survivor of the Inns of Chancery, situated immedi­ately south of Chancery Lane under­ground station. First recorded in the 13th century as ‘le Stapled Halle’, the name probably signified a covered hall built with pillars (from Old English stapel, ‘column’ or ‘tree trunk’). Originally a wool market, it became c.1415 the home of the Society of Staple Inn, an associ­ation of lawyers and legal students. In 1580 the society built a new and magni­ficent hall, followed in 1586 by buildings facing High Holborn. The latter remain almost unaltered but the hall was hit by a flying bomb in 1944. It was after­wards rebuilt to the original plan, retaining materials that had been salvaged from the wreckage or, like the stained-glass windows, had been earlier placed in storage. Since 1887 Staple Inn has been the headquarters of the Institute of Actuaries.
 
Staple Inn on a dull afternoon