The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 4
On the site now occupied by New-inn, there anciently stood a common hostelry or inn, known by the sign of the Blessed Virgin, In it was converted into an inn of chancery by sir John Fineux, lord chief justice, and attached to the Middle Temple. On the demolition by the protector Somerset, of Chester's-inn, which stood on the site of the present Sea-coal-lane, on the south side of in order to make way for Somerset-house, the students incorporated themselves with those of New-inn. The society is governed by a treasurer and ancients. It boasts the honour of having educated the great sir Thomas More, who studied here previous to entering himself of Lincoln's-inn. The hall is a plain structure of brick, situated on the east side of the square.
The ARMS of NEW INN are , a flower-pot ar, with gilly flowers leaved