Victorian London - Legal System - Inns of Chancery - Furnival's Inn

FURNIVAL'S INN, HOLBORN. Once an Inn of Chancery, attached to Lincoln's Inn, since (about 1818) a series of chambers wholly unconnected with any Inn of Court. ... The greater part of the old Inn, described by Stow, was taken down in Charles I.'s time, and a new building erected in its stead. The Gothic Hall, with its timber roof, (part of the original structure), was standing in 1818, when the whole Inn was rebuilt by Mr. Peto, the contractor.* (*Of this Hall there is an interesting view in Wilkinson's Londina Illustrata. Of the second Inn there are views in Wilkinson, and in the 1754 ed. of Stow).

Peter Cunningham, Hand-Book of London, 1850

Walter Thornbury, Old and New London, c.1880

Victorian London - Publications - History - The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896 - Furnival's Inn

The Royal College of Science, South Kensington - photograph


Our view of Furnivals Inn is taken looking out through the archway upon Holborn. The Inn is situated on the north side of that busy thoroughfare, between Brooke Street and Leather Lane. According to some authorities there once stood here the town mansion of the Lords Furnival; however this may be, the enclosure was long an Inn of Chancery - from the time of Henry IV. onwards - and Sir Thomas More was once Reader of the Inn. But it has now lost this distinction, and in 1818 it was entirely rebuilt. Furnival's Inn will always have an interest for admirers of Charles Dickens, for in chambers here the great novelist lived, and wrote the first part of the Pickwick Papers.