Cliffords Inn, Fetter Lane, London, EC4A
History to 1900
The history of the property on the site of Clifford's Inn dates back to 1344 when Isabel de Clifford let it to law students at a rent of £10 a year. The freehold was purchased by the Society of Clifford's Inn in 1618. In the sixteenth century, Clifford's Inn was formally affiliated to the Inner Temple, but was allowed to keep its own rules and customs. In the nineteenth century, Clifford's Inn featured in the novels of Charles Dickens and Charles Lamb.
The Great Fire_of London in 1666 devasted the City upto and including the east side of Fetter Lane. o Clifford's Inn escaped, and its hall was a natural place for the Fire Court Judges to sort out the numerous property disputes in the following years. The table at which they sat still exists in the Museum of London. read more
It was thought until recently that nearly all of
the records of Clifford's Inn had been lost, but a chance discovery in
1998 revealed a mass of hitherto unknown material relating to the period
1619 to 1885, Clifford's Inn has left a number of legacies, including
the £77,000 raised from the sale of the site and given to the Attorney
General for the purposes of legal education, the Clifford's In prize offered
by the Law Society, the Clifford's Inn room at the Victoria and Albert
Museum, the Gatehouse, and these rediscovered archives which are held
by the Archivist of the Inner Temple. This short summery is based on an
article which originally appeared in the Inner Temple Yearbook 1998/99,
and is now available on the Inner
Temple website . There is also an article in Wikipedia
which may be of interest.
picture comes from an interesting website Chest of Books at http://chestofbooks.com/
and is reprduced with permission. There are many other pictures of Cliffords
Inn (current, immediate past, and the orignal buildings which can be accessed
on the web
Disclaimer: Cliffordsinn.info has links to external websites. These links are are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by us of any of the content of these external sites, We bear no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external site or for that of subsequent links.