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.
source: The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896