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Northeast entrance to Chancery Lane tube station (2008)
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Chancery Lane originated as a 'new lane' created by the Knights Templar from their original 'old Temple' on the site of the present Southampton Buildings on Holborn, in order access to their newly acquired property to the south of Fleet Street (the present Temple) sometime before 1161.

Historically, the street was associated with the legal profession, an association which continues to the present day; however, consulting firms, ancillary businesses and the Maughan Library also occupy the street. Lincoln's Inn occupies most of the western side north of Carey Street.

The principal building of the Law Society, the professional body for solicitors in England and Wales, is at No. 113. Ede and Ravenscroft, the oldest tailors in London, have their main (and historic) outlet and offices at No. 93, which is also their outlet for legal dress. The London Silver Vaults are located at the northern end of Chancery Lane.

Note that the marker shows the location of the tube station rather than the street.

Chancery Lane tube station lies at the junction of Holborn and Gray's Inn Road, a short distance from Chancery Lane's northern end.

The station was opened by the Central London Railway (CLR) on 30 July 1900. The original, disused station building is on the north side of High Holborn at nos. 31–33, approximately 400 feet to the west, closer to High Holborn's junction with Chancery Lane. Originally, provided with four lifts between ground and platform levels, the station was rebuilt in the early 1930s to operate with escalators. It was not possible to construct the inclined escalator shaft between the platforms and the existing entrance and so a new sub-surface ticket hall was constructed below the road junction. The old entrance building became redundant and, in recognition of the location of the new entrance, the station was renamed Chancery Lane (Gray's Inn), although the suffix subsequently fell out of use.

It is one of eight London Underground stations which has a deep-level air-raid shelter underneath it. After World War II this was turned into Kingsway telephone exchange. Access to the shelter was via the original station building and lift shaft as well as subsidiary entrances in Furnival Street and Took's Court.

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Thavie’s Inn:   Thavie’s Inn was a former Inn of Chancery, associated with Lincoln’s Inn, established at Holborn, near the site of the present side street and office block still known as Thavies Inn Buildings.


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Houghton Street (1906):   A greengrocer's on the corner of Houghton Street and Clare Market (behind The Strand) in 1906 just before demolition.


NEARBY STREETS AND BUILDINGS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
Atkin Building, WC1R · Back Hill, EC1R · Backhill, EC1R · Baldwin Gardens, EC1N · Baldwins Gardens, EC1N · Baldwins Gardens, WC1X · Bedford Row, WC1R · Bell Yard, WC2A · Bleeding Heart Yard, EC1N · Bolt Court, EC4A · Breams Buildings, EC4A · Brooke Street, EC1N · Carey Street, WC2A · Chancery Lane, EC4A · Chancery Lane, WC2A · Chichester Rents, WC2A · Clement’s Inn, WC2R · Clements Inn, WC2A · Clerkenwell Road, EC1N · Clerkenwell Road, EC1R · Cliffords Inn Passage, EC4A · Cliffords Inn, EC4A · Cockpit Yard, WC1N · Crane Court, EC4A · Crawford Passage, EC1R · Cursitor Street, EC4A · Cursitor Street, W1 · Dyers Buildings, EC1N · Elm Street, WC1X · Ely Court, EC1N · Ely Place, EC1N · Eyre St Hill, EC1R · Eyre Street Hill, EC1R · Falcon Court, EC4Y · Farringdon Lane, EC1R · Fetter Lane, EC4A · Fleet Street, EC4A · Fleet Street, EC4Y · Fulwood Place, WC1V · Furnival Street, EC4A · Gough Square, EC4A · Gravel Street, EC1N · Grays Inn Place, WC1R · Grays Inn Square Chambers, WC1R · Grays Inn Square, WC1R · Great New Street, EC4A · Greville St Hatton Garden, EC1N · Greville Street, EC1N · Gunpowder Square, EC4A · Hand Court, WC1V · Hardwicke Building, WC2A · Hare Court, EC4Y · Hare Place, EC4Y · Hat and Mitre Court, EC1M · Hatton Garden, EC1N · Hatton Place, EC1N · Hatton Square, EC1N · Hatton Wall, EC1N · Hatton, EC1N · Heton Gardens, NW4 · Hind Court, EC4A · Holborn, EC1N · Hood Court, EC4Y · Jockeys Fields, WC1R · John Street, WC1N · Johns Mews, WC1N · Kings Mews, WC1N · Kirby Street, EC1N · Kirk Street, WC1N · Laystall Street, EC1R · Leather Lane, EC1N · Little New Street, EC4A · London Silver Vaults, WC2A · Mitre Court Buildings, EC4Y · New Fetter Lane, EC1N · New Fetter Lane, EC4A · New House, EC1N · New Square, WC2A · New St Square, EC4A · New Street Square, EC4A · North Mews, WC1N · Northington Street, WC1N · Norwich Street, EC4A · Old Buildings, WC2A · Old Mitre Court, EC4Y · Old Square, WC2A · Pemberton Row, EC4A · Pleydell Street, EC4Y · Plough Place, EC4A · Ploughs Place, EC4A · Pooles Buildings, EC1R · Portpool Lane, EC1N · Portugal Street, WC2A · Quality Court, WC2A · Ray Street, EC1R · Red Lion Court, EC4A · Regent Square, WC1N · Roger Street, WC1N · Rolls Buildings, WC2A · Rolls Passage, EC4A · Rosebery Court, EC1R · Saffron Hill, EC1N · Sandland Street, WC1R · Serjeants Inn, EC4Y · Serle Street, WC2A · Silver Vaults, WC2A · South Square, WC1R · South Square, WC1X · Southampton Buildings, WC1V · Southampton Buildings, WC2A · St Andrew Street, EC4A · St Clements Lane, WC2A · St Cross Street, EC1M · St Cross Street, EC1N · Staple Inn Buildings North, WC1V · Staple Inn Buildings South, WC1V · Staple Inn Buildings, WC1V · Staple Inn Buildings, WC1X · Staple Inn, WC1V · Star Yard, WC2A · Stone Buildings, WC2A · Strand, EC4A · Summers Street, EC1R · Temple Chambers, EC4Y · Took?s Court, EC4A · Tooks Court, EC4A · Verulam Street, WC1X · Vine Hill, EC1R · Warner Yard, EC1R · Warwick Court, WC1R · Waterhouse Square, EC1N · Whitefriars Street, EC4Y · Wine Office Court, EC4A · Yorkshire Grey Roundabout, SE9 ·


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