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Furnival's Inn was an Inn of Chancery which formerly stood on the site of the present Holborn Bars building (the former Prudential Insurance Company building) in Holbornmarker, Londonmarker.

Early 18th century engraving of Furnival's Inn by Sutton Nicholls


Furnival's Inn was founded about 1383, and was attached to Lincoln's Innmarker. Although it survived the Great Fire of Londonmarker, the Inn, together with the other Inns of Chancery, ceased to exist in the 19th century. The Inn was dissolved as a society in 1817 when Lincoln's Inn did not renew its lease; the building was rebuilt by a new owner, and that building was demolished in 1897. A plaque marks the site where it stood.

Sir Thomas More was Reader at the Inn from 1504 to 1507 [482804], and Charles Dickens rented rooms here between 1834 and 1837, and began to write the Pickwick Papers whilst a tenant. [482805], [482806].

Holborn Bars - Former site of Furnival's Inn

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Contemporary note of the demolition in 1897:


  • D. S. Bland, Early records of Furnival's Inn, 1957.

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