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