Grays Inn  Middlesex


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Grays Inn like this:

GRAYS INN, an extra-parochial place, in Holborn district, Middlesex; in the metropolis, on the N side of Holborn, 1 mile NW of St. Paul's. Acres, 13. Real property, £14, 373. Pop., 308. Houses, 56. The Inn of Court here, Grays Inn, is gamed after Lord Gray of Walton, of the time of Henry VII. ...

The hall was built in 1560; is plain Tudor; and has a carved oak roof, a rich screen, and a great window full of armorial bearings. The Gardens, or Inn Walks, were planted about 1600; and, in Charles II. 's time, and the times of the Tatler and the Spectator, were a fashionable promenade. The chief entrance from Holborn was then elegant, but is now a squalid habitation of the poor. The great Lord Burleinh and the great Lord Bacon lived in Grays Inn; and a remarkable number of distinguished noblemen, prelates, and judges have been among its inmates.

The location is that of Gray's Inn, as shown on London street maps.

Grays Inn through time

Grays Inn is now part of Camden district. Click here for graphs and data of how Camden has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Grays Inn itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Grays Inn, in Camden and Middlesex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 17th June 2024

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