The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 4
The merchants of England were formerly obliged to exhibit for sale their wool, cloth, tin, and other staple commodities, in certain public places appointed for that purpose. Staples'-inn, in , was of these, and therefore so named, As early as it had been converted into an inn of chancery, dependant on . It is divided into courts, and has a pleasant garden; the ball is a small but handsome structure, and ornamented in the interior with portraits of Charles II., queen Anne, earl of
|Macclesfield, lord chancellor Cowper, on lord Camden, on stained glass. The inn is under the government of principal and ancients.|
The ARMS of STAPLE'S INN, are vert, a wool-pack ar. corded the last.