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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

Name: 337 AND 338, HIGH HOLBORN

List entry Number: 1246102



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Greater London Authority

District: City and County of the City of London

District Type: London Borough


National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 14-May-1974

Date of most recent amendment: 01-Feb-1999

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 454472

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TQ 3181 NW 627-0/1/10198

HIGH HOLBORN (South side) Nos. 337 AND 338 (Formerly Listed as: CAMDEN STAPLE INN, High Holborn Nos. 337 and 338)


GV II* Two chambers and later shop. The rear of these buildings forms No.4 Staple Inn (qv). c1586 for Vincent Engham, Principal of the Inn. In 1886 Alfred Waterhouse removed post-medieval additions (plaster, brick facings and sash windows, inter alia), in a restoration funded by the Prudential Assurance Company. The structure was largely rebuilt in facsimile by Sir Edward Maufe in 1954-5.

Timber frame front elevation (close studded) with brick rear under a tiled, gabled, roof. C20 chimney stacks. four storeys and attic. To ground floor, early C19 shop fronts with entablatures, No. 338 projecting and flanked by brackets. Symmetrical front of two gabled bays, jettied at floors with projecting oriels of three lights at second floor level. Transom and mullion casement windows with square leaded panes. On the first, second and third floor projecting ranges of ten lights, flanked by two recessed lights and, on the first floor a projecting bay of three lights to the left and four recessed lights to the right, on the third floor projecting ranges of four lights. Bargeboards to gables.

INTERIORS: not inspected.

HISTORY: until 1886 the original casement windows survived on the first floor of No. 337. These provided the example from which the remainder of the windows were designed.

With Nos 1-4 Holborn Bars (qv), these buildings form a unique example in London of a C16 group of timber-framed houses.

Formerly Listed in the LB of Camden. Since 1 April 1994 Staple Inn has been part of the City of London.

Listing NGR: TQ 3115081586

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National Grid Reference: TQ 31141 81588


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