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SIXTEENTH CENTURY LANDMARKS OF TWENTIETH CENTURY LONDON IN HOLBORN

SIXTEENTH CENTURY LANDMARKS OF TWENTIETH CENTURY LONDON IN HOLBORN

It is supposed that the old houses in Holborn, opposite the Gray's Inn Road, were built between the years 1570 and 1588. The close setting of the timbers proclaims their date, and a row of tiled gables which have settled down into a comfortable attitude after all these centuries, and the mullioned and transomed windows, enable the imagination to construct the London of Shakespeare's time. Behind the old houses is another bit of old London, Staple Inn. This got its name from the Wool Staplers who, in the fourteenth century, set up a kind of Custom House there, at the entrance to the City limits. Wool, as one of the staple products of England, had to pay duty. A monument on the pavement marks the site of Holborn Bars, corresponding to Temple Bar.

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