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Saffron Hill, Hatton Garden, Ely Rents and Ely Place

The Liberty of Saffron Hill, Hatton Garden, Ely Rents and Ely Place became a civil parish in the metropolitan area of London, England between 1866 and 1930.[1] It was part of the ancient parish of St Andrew Holborn.

St Giles & Holborn Civil Parish Map 1870.png

The liberty's southern boundary was the street now called Holborn, its western boundary was Leather Lane and it stretched north of Clerkenwell Road between Back Hill and Herbal Hill to the junction of Warner Street and Ray Street. The boundary in the east approximated to Farringdon Road and Farringdon Street and it included the entire lengths of the streets now called Saffron Hill, Hatton Garden and Ely Place. Ely Rents was a group of houses owned by the See of Ely.[2]

The liberty had a workhouse from 1730 and was included in the Holborn Poor Law Union in 1836.[3]

The liberty occupied an area of 30 acres and its population was as follows:[4]

Year 1801 1811 1821 1831 1841 1851 1881 1891 1901 1911 1921
Population 7,781 7,482 9,270 9,745 9,455 8,728 3,980 4,506 2,561 1,733 825

For local government it was grouped into the Holborn District from 1855 to 1900 and then became part of the Metropolitan Borough of Holborn. The civil parish was abolished in 1930.