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Tuesday, 30 July 2019
Chancery Lane, London
CHANCERY LANE is an
historic short street in London which runs from FleetStreet at
its southern end to HighHolborn in the north. It is situated in
the ward of FarringdonWithout (which means ‘outside of’ the City
of London). Since 1994 it has formed part of the western boundary of the City.
The route was originally created by the KnightsTemplar sometime
before 1161AD. It provided a route for them to access their newly-acquired
property in The Temple from their location in Holborn.
Lincoln's Inn Fields
originally was called NewLane but it later became known by its
present name because the historic High Court of Chancery was established there
soon afterwards. It has a long association with the legal profession. A British
barrister has to belong to one of the four remaining Inns of Court. InnerTemple is just south of FleetStreet and Lincoln’sInn
forms much of the western side of Chancery Lane. Many of the small roads and
alleys leading off the street have names that reflect that history. For example
Carey Street, formerly the location of the Bankruptcy Court; the euphemism ‘on
Carey Street’ means ‘to be bankrupt’, Rolls Buildings and Cursitor Alley.
Lincoln Inn Fields is the
largest public square in London, laid out in 1630. Parts of the film Tom Jones
were made there. It’s a real step into history and an oasis in central London.
eastern side of the street King Henry III established a DomusConversorum
in the 13thcentury. That was a residence and chapel for Jews who
had converted to Christianity. That would have been the only legal way they
could stay in England at that time.
The Domus Conversorum
Records Office was formerly in Chancery Lane but is now in near Kew Gardens,
well away from Central London and the Patents Offices was also in Chancery
Lane. The London Silver Vaults are still there – an underground, highly secure
location and storage place, which is open to the public with 30 retailers
having their businesses there.
By the 1770s the lane
had taken on a decidedly urban character and it retains many Georgian
buildings, which form part of the Chancery Lane conservation area. With the
steady rise of the legal profession, solicitors took premises here, as did
suppliers such as wig makers, strongbox makers, law stationers and booksellers.
Chancery Lane Underground station is home to one of eight
deep-level air raid shelters built to protect government staff and equipment
during the Second World War. After the war, the shelter was converted to become
Kingsway telephone exchange, equipped for cold war disasters with six weeks food
supply, an artesian well, a games room and the country's deepest licensed bar.
It is a short road (about 350 metres) but is packed full of
Old shop-front in Chancery Lane
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