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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/157
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1882-1907
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 2 production units.
Name of creator(s): Barnard's Inn | civil parish


Administrative/Biographical history:

Barnard's Inn was one of the Inns of Chancery, possibly originally established to train medieval Chancery Clerks. By the 15th century the Inns were taken over by students, solicitors and attorneys, functioning as preparatory schools for those wishing to be called to the Bar. Barnard's Inn was established in 1435. The Inn became defunct and the premises sold in 1892.

The extra-parochial place of Barnard's Inn was co-terminous with the Inn of Chancery of the same name (on the south side of Holborn in Farringdon Without Ward). It was constituted a civil parish in 1858.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Barnard's Inn civil parish, comprising poor rate assessment book and overseer's book of receipts and payments.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section order has been retained.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

These records were deposited in 1922 by the City of London Valuation and Rating Department. They were catalogued by a member of Guildhall Library staff in 1936. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The Inn is also included in the poor rate assessment books of St Andrew Holborn for 1728-60 (Ms 9975, various vols). Barnard's Inn had no church or chapel, and searchers for baptisms, marriages and burials in the area are advised to use the parish registers of St Andrew Holborn (P82/AND). Records of Barnard's Inn as an Inn of Chancery are held at Grays Inn Library. They comprise 'pension books', i.e. minutes of meetings, 1620-1893, and registers of admissions, 1800-69.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
August to October 2010.

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