1-4 Holborn Bars, Staple Inn NHLE Data

1-4 Holborn Bars, Staple Inn is listed on the National Heritage List for England with the following data. Some information may have become outdated since the date of listing. Text courtesy of Historic England. © Crown Copyright, reprinted under the Open Government License.

Listed Building Data

List Entry ID
Grid Reference
TQ 31158 81588

Listed Building Details

TQ3181NW HOLBORN BARS 627-0/1/10199 (South side) 14/05/ Nos.1-4 (Consecutive) (Formerly Listed as: CAMDEN STAPLE INN, Holborn Bars Nos.1-4 (Consecutive))

GV I 4 chambers with later shops. The rear of these buildings form Nos 4, 5 & 6 Staple Inn (qv). 1586 for Vincent Engham, Principal of the Inn. In 1886 Alfred Waterhouse removed post-medieval additions (a plastered front and sash windows of Cl8 date) in a restoration funded by the Prudential Assurance Company. The rear resurfaced in brick c1826. Interior & rear extensively reconstructed in 1939 in order to preserve the timber framing to the front wall; restorations c1950. Close studded timber frame front elevation with brick rear under a tiled, gabled, roof C20 chimney stacks. 3 storeys and attic. Symmetrical front of 5 gabled bays having overhanging jetties at floor levels. Entrance to Staple Inn in central bay. The central gable bay with original splayed oriel window of 6 lights and one light to either side over main entrance (lst and 2nd floors). Each flanking bay with 8 or 9 lights, the centres projecting (lst and 2nd floors). 8 lights to attics. Transom and mullion casement windows with square leaded panes. Carved bressumers at floor levels and carved bargeboards to gables. At ground floor, entrance to Staple Inn, a carved stone arched gateway flanked by Jacobean pilasters with moulded impost-capitals, round arch with reeded archivolt, panelled soffit and pendant key-block. Double panelled doors with wicket in right-hand leaf. To left, early C19 shopfronts, much altered. No.3 with projecting entablature; No.4 entablature with inswept frieze and dentil cornice and Corinthian pilaster at right hand from. former shop doorway. Interior with C19 mahogany and glass fittings. Nos 1 & 2 with 1930s "Tudor" double front with central entrance. Herringbone brick risers support plate glass Tudor arched windows with enriched carved frames and spandrels beneath strips of small panes; entrance arch with coats of arms in spandrels. INTERIORS: not inspected. HISTORY: with Nos 337 & 338 High Holborn (qv), these building form a unique example in London of a Cl6 group of timber-framed houses. Forms a group with the Cl8 styled buildings with addresses as follows: Nos 1, 2 and 3 Staple Inn (qv), Nos 4, 5 and 6 Staple Inn (qv), Nos 7 and 8 Staple Inn (qv), and Nos 9 and 10 Staple Inn (qv). Formerly Listed in the LB of Camden. Since 1 April 1994 Staple Inn has been within the City of London.

Listing NGR: TQ3115481587