The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 4
The lords of Furnival, who make so conspicuous a figure in our military history, from the warlike days of Richard Coeur de Lion to those of the Black Prince, possessed on the north side of , near , a splendid city residence, which went by the family name. In the reign of Richard II. the family became extinct in the male line, and fell by marriage into the possession of the earls of Shrewsbury, with whom it remained till the reign of Edward VI. Francis, the then earl, in consideration of sold the premises to the society of , and that society converted them into a separate inn of court, holding of Lincoln's for payment of yearly.
The buildings having fallen into a state of great decay, they were lately entirely removed, and on the site, which is of considerable extent, a new court of chambers has been erected, which yields in elegance to none of the other inns of court.
The front of the inn, which ranges with the houses on the north side of , is perfectly plain of brick; in the centre is a portico of Ionic columns, raised on a basement, in which is the entrance to the inn.
The society of is governed by a principal and ancients.
The ARMS of FURNIVAL'S INN are ar, a bend between martlets all within a border az.